The Light of the Sun Become Sea

The Light of the Sun Become Sea

by Peter Weltner


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. . .These poems. . .meld the past and the present, the personal and the historical, Classicism and Romanticism, myth and the quotidian, Eros and Thanatos. These poems look directly at the world.   They don’t finch in the face of loss and death.   They strive for a transcendence where “All’s right.   All’s water.   All’s paradise shimmering.”  —Joseph Stroud

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938144516
Publisher: BrickHouse Books, Inc.
Publication date: 01/20/2017
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents


The Village 1

Surely Everyone Walks the Earth as a Phantom 2

The Sea Is Calm Tonight 4

Ground Fog 7

Crab Boats at the End of a Short Season 10

Orion 12

A Boy Born on Christmas Morning 14

West Marin 16

Abendlicht at Point Reyes (after Caspar David Friedrich) 17

From the Rising of the Sun to the Place Where It Sets 18

A Surfer Drowned off the Rivera Street Beach in Mid-August 19


Santiago 23

A Note Left on a Table 26

Thera 28

The Stud 30

Possession 31

The Lure of the Mediterranean 32

After He'd Left Me 35

Medea's Son 36

Watches 38

You'll Never Know How Many Dreams I've Dreamed about You 40

Rumination on a Mantegna beyond the Field of Vision 41

A Mosquito in the Night 42

After Holding the Man 43

Orlando 45


Archaeology 53

Res publica 55

The City Their Blood Had Built 56

Bruges la Morte 58

Ein Deutscher Buchhändler 60

Grinzing Cemetery 62

The Last Words of Cornell Woolrich as Dictated to Him by the Moon 64

Henry James in the Bois de Boulogne 67

May My Beloved Come into His Garden and Eat of Its Choice Fruits 68

Chopin 69


A Seal Set Upon the Heart 73

Train a Child in the Way He Should Go and When He Is Old He Will Not Turn from It 75

Pearl 78

My Mother's Last Water Color 79

Resurrection 80

Good Buddy Mine 82

Insomnia 84

The Rhymer 86

A Reliquary for Good Friday 87

The Way Open to Other Ways 89

Aubade: Husbands 91

Testament 92

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