Trying to Surprise God is Peter Meinke’s second book of poetry, and is characterized by an unusual and masterful range of effects, and by Meinke’s unique wit and compassion.
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.
“An entertaining book of impressive versatility, the poems ranging from camp to lyric to growls of protest. It exists in a world where reality is a disgruntled invalid nursed by whimsy and tenderness while being constantly surprised by a troupe of vaudevillians playing pranks.”—Edward Field