The Purpose of Things

“The Purpose of Things is a terrific collaboration between words and images…a delightful reconsideration of what’s right in front of us.”

– Aline Smithson: Internationally acclaimed photographer, artist and curator

“When William Carlos Williams said of poetry ‘No ideas but in things,’ he seems to have predicted the power of these pairs of poems and photographs. This book allows us to experience things, poetically, in their transcendent states.”

– Robert Stewart: Former Editor, New Letters; author of Working Class

“Such a magical collaboration between imagery and text inspires our own enlightening, reative explorations. After viewing each beautifully composed photograph and reading each line of the accompanying poem, one sets sail on their own journey of discovery and realization. A powerfully expansive marriage of word and picture.”

– Brian Taylor: Artist and Former Executive Director, The Center for Photographic Art at Carmel-by-the-Sea

All That Remains

“Original to the core, innovative, his voice is like no one else’s writing today.”
—Laurence Lieberman, author of Carib’s Leap: Selected and New Poems of the Caribbean

All That Remains sparkles everywhere with diamond-bright language.  Reading this lovely book reminds me of what brought me to poetry in the first place.”
—George Bilgere, author of Haywire and The White Museum

Waiting for Poppa at the smithtown diner

“Peter Serchuk is a realist who is not afraid to explore the secrets of the heart, to face in his ‘murderous desire to love everything’ the dreariness, the tragedy, the horror that pervades the ordinary world.  His goal is honest illumination, and he brings to the subjects of these marvelous poems and enormous sanity and compassion.”
—David Bottoms, author of In a U-Haul North of Damascus and Under the Vulture Tree