Riehlife Book Review: W. T. Pfefferle’s “Poets on Place” reveals places of the heart

A friend put W. T. Pfefferle’s Poets on Place in my hands as I worked on preparing a talk on the influence of place in my own poetry. I found “Poets on Place” so invaluable that I typed many pages of detailed notes to ruminate on.

It’s an attractive work replete with compementary elements to the main dish of the interviews. Here we have an on-going mystery story: what will Pfefferle and his wife Beth make of thier lives after life on the road? What is life on the road like?

There’s enough of this to give spice to a full meal of photos, impressionistic portraits of the poets and their surroundings to give a context to the interviews, and the wonderful poems to show the fruits of place and the source of the discussion.

The foreword by David St. John is a treasure of wisdom;I draw many insights from it.

To read additional tales from his journey read these blog archives from 2004 here.

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