Sad Loss of Hammertown Poet, Peter Culley

Peter Culley, one of our local Cascadia poets, passed away in his sleep.

Peter Culley

Peter Culley 1958 – 2015

Such a loss. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.




I abandon my self
to a blushing
of precise boundaries,
like where a squirrel would
step up to snap the branch
back fast enough
to ride the torque all the way back,
a walnut under each arm–
getaway with intent to spring
rather than English leave.

It’s why I wear my
shirts backwards
& my jacket is the color
of the sky.


Peter Culley‘s books of poetry include The Climax Forest (Leech 1995), Hammertown New Star 2003, The Age of Briggs & Stratton (New Star 2008) and Parkway (New Star).  His essays and art writing have been appearing since 1986.


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