Praise and Poems
There is much to admire, and even learn from in these poems: they linger in the mind. Full of guts, that’s exactly where they hit the reader.
Carole Baldock: Iota
Peter Street’s poems celebrate “ordinary life”. But he knows that that covers every kind of fear, frustration, hope disappointed or fulfilled; pleasure denied or achieved. About his emotions he writes with a raw truthfulness, an eye (and ear) for telling detail, and an often startling memory of things felt in a rather frightening, yet fascinating past.
Here again, Peter writes what he experiences and makes poetry out of what he sees, hears feels. He has that enviable facility of innocent seeing and uncluttered by complication and over sophistication, which enables him to give us poems that have an honest and moving directness. And what he feels is akin to Owen’s pity – indignation tempered by pity. Peter Street’s poems are always intensely human and humane.
Peter Street writes poetry from the blood and sinew of being. Through his language he picks open the scars of humanity, taking the reader away from worthy issues, to the breath and soul of life, and its core profundities.
Penny Boot, Disability Arts In London