Peter Steele reads his poetry at Georgetown
Jim McDermott |
03 July 2012
While spending four days interviewing Peter Steele in Peter's office at Georgetown University in Washington in 2009, I made audio recordings of Peter reading a selection of his poems. The MP3 files are available to listen or download below.
Steele on the Metaphor of Dance
In Memoriam Joseph Brodsky
Horns of the Moon
And At Your Back
Jim McDermott SJ is a former associate editor at America Magazine. He is currently studying screenwriting at the University of California in Los Angeles.
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05 July 2012
Much as he delights in and gives full value to the sensuous, Peter never lets us forget we have a soul,and that this soul engages us in the deepest, most intimate level of being and creativity: the inner life of God, accessed through relationship with Christ. Thank you, Jim, for these splendid offerings.
Michael McVeigh | 01 March 2015
With Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) winning the Best Picture Oscar, a lot of people are pointing out the fact that three of the last four Best Picture winners are about movies, or the act of making them. That's not including 2011 winner The King's Speech, which was about the art of performance. That Hollywood loves itself a little too much is an obvious, and probably valid, conclusion to draw. But the deeper question to ask is why films like Birdman resonate so strongly. Read more
Jim McDermott | 04 July 2012
About four years ago I had the great pleasure to spend four days with Peter Steele while he was at Georgetown. Hearing that he had died, I went back to those interviews, hours and hours we spent on things like the first time he read Billy Collins, growing up in Perth, unexpected blessings, and the never-ending catalogue of characters and words that fascinated and delighted him.
Brendan Byrne | 04 July 2012
'And the Word became flesh and pitched his tent among us, and we saw his glory, full of grace and truth' (John 1:1, 14). In the second-last conversation I had with Peter, we agreed that that text should be the Gospel for his Requiem. There is a sense, I’m sure, in which every poem that Peter wrote was an instance of the Word becoming flesh.
Andrew Hamilton | 04 July 2012
I have always associated Peter with words like chivalrous, knightly, courtly and courteous. He was courteous and elegant in conversation, listening intently to even the most inarticulate of people. But knights’ business is to fight.