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Mirrors progresses seamlessly along explorations of the physics and concepts of perspective; the sensual and visual; sound and words; motion and rest. Clouds enter; creeks enter; streams swell, the force of water grows—to an epistemological crescendo. Observing from far space and then easing to earth—following rivers of experience and then diving into the individual. Concise meditations to challenge and liberate.


“Short, vividly attentive, strangely ‘verbal’ poems, the work of someone who’d studied with A. R. Ammons and who had a fondness—and an ear—for G. M. Hopkins.”

—NEIL HERTZ, retired head of Humanities, Johns Hopkins University


“Linguistically energetic and compressed. And sonically delightful. They occasionally remind me of Ammons’s brief poems, and it is a pleasure to be so reminded. A penchant for the terse Anglo-Saxon terms, a touch of Dylan Thomas.”

—STEPHEN YENSER, poet, retired professor


TWIXT is the mononym-onym of the writer Peter Specker; who has had poetry published in Margie, Indiana Review, Amelia, California Quarterly, Emrys Journal, RE:AL, Pegasus, First Class, Pot-pourri, Art Times, Iconoclast, Epicenter, Subtropics, Quest, Confrontation, Writers’ Journal, Rattle, Prairie Schooner, The Prairie Journal (CAN), Stand (UK), Tulane Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Penmen Review, The Blue Mountain Review, and numerous others. His chapbook Less’ More can be found online at Azure magazine, His collection Mirrors was a semi-finalist in the 2021 Waywiser Press Anthony Hecht Prize. He lives and creates in Clearwater, Florida.


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