Peter Ludwin is the recipient of a Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust. He was the 2007-2008 Second Prize Winner of the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Awards. For the past twelve years he has been a participant in the San Miguel Poetry Week in Mexico, where he has studied under such noted poets as Mark Doty, Tony Hoagland and Robert Wrigley. His work has appeared in many journals, including The Bitter Oleander, The Comstock Review, Nimrod, North American Review and Prairie Schooner. His first book, A Guest in All Your Houses, was published in 2009 by Word Walker Press. His second, Rumors of Fallible Gods, was a Finalist for the Gival Press Poetry Award in both 2010 and 2011, and has been published by Presa Press. He has been nominated multiple times for a Pushcart Prize. Soundings Review named him the winner of its spring/summer 2011 Reader’s Choice award for his poem, “A Convocation of Crows.” The Comstock Review designated his poem, “Trial of Compassion, Baker City, Oregon” a Special Merit Recognition recipient in the 2012 Muriel Craft Bailey Memorial Awards Contest. An avid traveler who has visited remote Indian families in the Ecuadorean Amazon, hiked in the Peruvian Andes, hitchhiked in Greece and bargained in the Marrakech market, he spent nearly a month in 2011 in China and Tibet. He lives near Seattle.
Here we find an artist at the peak of his powers, where vision and craft conjoin “to inhabit the transparent pearl, the drop/in perpetual motion that spells a history.” When you pick up Peter Ludwin’s book, put on your traveling shoes—you’re going on a journey…
— Joseph Stroud
There are many doors to the underworld. One can be found in the incurable ache of lavender, another in trumpets saddened by water, another below a little stone bridge in San Miguel de Allende. Once down there, you enter a changed world inhabited by jaguars who recite Garcia Lorca, by an anchorite tending ravens in his beard, and by a long dead bandit who’s the patron saint of drug traffikers. Here you find the rooted flowerings of Frida Kahlo and the lush erotic fruits of Pablo Neruda. Here in the undermind is the poetry of Peter Ludwin—mythic, strange, amazing. This book is a key or a map or even an entrance itself to the way…down. …
— Tony Barnstone
Three poems from Rumors of Fallible Gods:
Mayan Women Balancing Bundles on Their Heads, Guatemala
You thought of earth, of bark and honeycomb,
to the sluggish stream calcifying your bones.
published in The Bitter Oleander
Terezin Concentration Camp, Bohemia
Near the railway spur
And the ashes?
Here the ship never sails,
Tell me silence isn’t the loudest voice.
When the open mouth forgets itself,
And the moon?
an impossible price on its head.
Coal-faced, it shuns the cattle cars
Absence. Isn’t that the surest
This rain grazes the skin like rust.
nominated for a Pushcart Prize, published in The Raven Chronicles
Inside the Blue Mosque, Istanbul
Say the word aloud, say blue,
Say blue, and a marlin taildances on the water,
Say blue, and doors swing wide open.
a script for the primal color of being?
a companion for the road, for the long haul,
published in Nimrod
© 2013 Peter Ludwin
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