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American Paprika
March 2016

the weight of dandelions

Peter J. Gloviczki

ISBN: 978-1-912561-61-2

Page Count: 78

Publication Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

About this Book

Peter Joseph Gloviczki’s the weight of dandelions explores each moment to discover its essence. Believing there is beauty (and humor) in the everyday world, he declares in one poem: “queen-size bed / the dog lets me / sleep there too” recognizing the relationship between animals and their humans. The speaker in these haiku and senryu poems also wonders about the passing seasons and worries about the balance between permanence and impermanence around the world. Gloviczki further examines growth and loss, writing in another poem: “visiting his grave / as always / he listens” as the speaker recalls how relationships sometimes endure beyond one’s earthly life.  The depth of the human experience is explored in this collection, which marks Gloviczki’s third book from Salmon Poetry, following 2013’s Kicking Gravity and American Paprika, which appeared in 2016. Within the tight boundaries of each poem, the weight of dandelions invites the reader toward appreciation and affirmation. 

“Loneliness and the truth of impermanence seem to be embedded into the project of the haiku, perhaps because the only way one of the greatest practitioners of that form, Matsuo Bashō, could calm his troubled mind was to live on the road and make a pillow of the grass every night. Likewise, Peter Gloviczki is a pilgrim through this life, his eyes and heart wide open, his deep, beautiful poems making us feel tender longing toward all that is passing: moments, seasons, voices, the weathers of the heart-mind, and ourselves.”
Patrick Donnelly
author of Little-Known Operas

Author Biography

Peter J Gloviczki is the author of Kicking Gravity (Salmon Poetry, 2013) and American Paprika (Salmon Poetry, 2016). the weight of dandelions is his third collection of poetry. His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hayden's Ferry Review, New Orleans Review, The Christian Science Monitor and elsewhere. His work has also been anthologized in Dogs Singing: A Tribute Anthology. Born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota, he holds a BA from St. Olaf College and an MA and PhD from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. He works as an assistant professor of communication at Coker College in Hartsville, South Carolina, USA. 

Read a sample from this book

queen-size bed
the dog lets me
sleep there too

visiting his grave
as always
he listens

the frayed edges of her picture
I grasp what my fingers remember

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