PETER HARGITAI's work, both in scope and in style, remains well outside the pale of current poetic fashion including
the McPoems of MFA mills and the lip- tongue- ear literature of hiphop. Influenced by the great Hungarian poet Attila
József's obsession with the eternal mother as a metaphor for all human longing, Hargitai probes the nature of spiritual
exile on terms that are neither Freudian nor Jungian, American, or Hungarian, but on terms that are uniquely personal
and movingly human.
"If traditional confessional poetry, now considered classical, had its halcyon days in the work of Roethke, Lowell, and
Plath, it can be said to have reached a new, ethnically charged peak in the work of Peter Hargitai."
- Pembroke Magazine
"Peter Hargitai is a remarkable versatile and humanely touching poet with a truly distinctive style and voice. These
deeply probing intellectual poems exhibit an impressive range and vivacity of genres."
- Laurence Lieberman
University of Illinois Press
Witch's Island and Other Poems
|The collection of poems in Witch's Island and Other Poems are luminous, each a
light in its own unique way. From actual witch burning in 1728 that somehow
reflect current events, to small life events (marriage, birth, death, and aging), to
revolutionary life changing events, these poems will touch your heart.
|P E T E R H A R G I T A I