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May 1987
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Night Watch on the Chesapeake
Meinke, Peter
Night Watch on the Chesapeake is Peter Meinke’s third collection of poetry. The poems traverse a wide landscape of topics from playing baseball, the death of a friend, divorce, and even poetry itself.
Peter Meinke is emeritus professor of creative writing at Eckerd College. He has published numerous books of poetry, including Scars, Zinc Fingers, Liquid Paper, and The Contracted World: New & More Selected Poems. Meinke is the recipient of many awards, including the Olivet Prize, the Paumanok Award, three Poetry Society of America Awards, the Flannery O’Connor Award, and two NEA Fellowships. In 2009 he was appointed the first Poet Laureate of St. Petersburg, Florida.
“Meinke is a skilled craftsman. He is especially adept at building to a strong ending or the ending that shies the poem into an unexpected, but perfect place. He also has the most endearing kind of humor, the ability to laugh at himself.”—Judith Hemschemeyer

“If you are one of the millions who is bored, perplexed or overawed by contemporary poetry, do the muse, and yourself, a favor: buy and read Peter Meinke’s new book, Night Watch on the Chesapeake.”—Jason Scott Bell, St. Petersburg Times

"Meinke is a poet for the real. . . . He writes with an eye cocked for the tangible and the meaningful. He eschews mesmerizing his readers, choosing instead a realism that communicates well." —Christianity and Literature

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