Peter Bakowski



Portrait of Emma Palandra in the CBD, Melbourne, July 2018

Wearing a fake fur, her greying hair unwashed, a T2 bag at her feet, Emma sits in Self Preservation, hunched over her iPhone. She’s still thinking of phoning Eric now that the bruise below her left eye has faded. Eric …

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A Melbourne Letter Poem to Ken Bolton, January 2015

Dear Ken, I still frequent Self Preservation. Dan is there, dressed in black, always a book on the go. He’s just finished Louis-Ferdinand Celine’s “Death on the Instalment Plan” from which he quotes— “To hell with reality! I want to …

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Review Short: Peter Bakowski’s Personal Weather

Personal WeatherBakowski looks into the lens in the photograph by Nick Walton-Healey on the cover of Personal Weather. The poems are also direct. They eschew simile, ambiguity, and the abstract. Were he an etcher, Bakowski’s work would be figurative with clear outlines and orderly perspective. There is no hesitation in his lines. His skies might be cloudy but there would be no obscuring storms of angst, only fugitive rays spotlighting the quirky in the mundane.

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