Peter Everwine

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Peter Paul Everwine (February 14, 1930 – October 28, 2018) was an American poet.


Born on February 14, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan,[1] Everwine grew up in western Pennsylvania, and was educated in the Midwest.[2] In 1962, he joined Philip Levine, on the faculty of Fresno State University.[3] He retired from there in 1992.

He was a senior Fulbright lecturer in American poetry at the University of Haifa, Israel. In 2008, he was visiting writer at Reed College.[4]

Everwine is the author of seven collections of poetry. His poetry has appeared in The Paris Review,[5] Antaeus,[6] and American Poetry Review.[7]

He lived in Fresno, California, where he died on October 28, 2018, aged 88.[1]



  • "Aubade in Autumn". The New Yorker. October 15, 2007.

Poetry books[edit]

  • The Broken Frieze. The Hillside Press (Cornell College). 1958.
  • Collecting the Animals. Carnegie Mellon University Press. 1972. ISBN 978-0-88748-324-0.
  • Keeping the Night. Penumbra Press. 1977.
  • Figures Made Visible in the Sadness of Time. Brighton Press. 2003.
  • From the Meadow: Selected and New Poems. University of Pittsburgh Press. 2004. ISBN 978-0-8229-5844-4.
  • Listening Long and Late. University of Pittsburgh Press. 2013.





"This collection presents all of Everwine's poems that he still regards with affection in a career that spans forty years or more, many of the poems never collected before. It includes a few of his remarkable translations from the Hebrew as well as some of his interpretation of Nahuatl poems. For me the true gems are his own poems, which are like no other in our language: they possess the simplicity and clarity I find in the great Spanish poems of Antonio Machado and his contemporary Juan Ramon Jiminez but in contemporary American English and in the rhythms of our speech, that rhythm glorified. He presents us with poetry in which each moment is recorded, laid bare, and sanctified, which is to say the poems possess a quality one finds only in the greatest poetry." (Philip Levine, Ploughshares, Winter 2007-08)[11]

"The Static Element has been well translated by Mr. Everwine, the author of two striking books of poetry, and Shulamit Yasny-Starkman, a native Israeli who supplied literal cribs, glosses and notes. In his own work, Mr. Everwine is a more tender and ecstatic poet than Mr. Zach, and he has done a good job of salting and sharpening his idiom, of moving from an earnest to a more distressed and ironic style of modernism. The translations create a strong approximation of Mr. Zach's restless, improvisatory music." (Edward Hirsch, New York Times, 6 February 1983)[12]


  1. ^ a b Peter Everwine, poet and Fresno State professor emeritus, dies at 88
  2. ^ Christopher Buckley; Gary Young, eds. (1999). The geography of home: California's Poetry of Place. Heyday Books. pp. 65–69. ISBN 978-1-890771-19-5.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2009-05-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-09. Retrieved 2009-05-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Antæus. Villiers Publications. 1973-01-01.
  7. ^ "The American Poetry Review Article Archives | HighBeam Research". Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2016-04-14.
  8. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2009-05-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "The Best American Poetry 2008, Guest Edited by Charles Wright". Retrieved 2016-04-14.
  10. ^ Henderson, Bill (1992-10-01). The Pushcart Prize XVII : Best of the Small Presses: 1992-1993. Pushcart Press. ISBN 9780916366773.
  11. ^ Philip Levine (Winter 2007–08). "From the Meadow". Ploughshares. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007.
  12. ^ Edward Hirsch (February 6, 1983). HEBREW POETRY IN ITS ISRAELI PHASE. The New York Times.

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