A bounding deer in the long grass of poetry, Peter Bakowski’s poems continue to appear in literary journals worldwide.
In this century, Peter and his partner Helen, a clothes maker and textile enthusiast, have undertaken funded and self-funded creative residencies in Berlin, Macau, Suzhou (near Shanghai), Labastide Esparbaïrenque (near Carcassonne), Greenmount (near Perth, Western Australia), Battery Point, Hobart, at the Arthur Boyd estate, Bundanon, New South Wales, and on the Greek island of Skopelos.
In 2021 and 2022 they have undertaken self-funded Gippsland residencies in W Tree and Port Albert – each residency enabled Peter to write poems which he couldn’t have written without the firsthand experience of the residency.
When not travelling, Peter, Helen, Buzz (an inspirational miniature black poodle) and Ophelia (who also has travel and creativity genes) are usually found strolling in the Fitzroy and Edinburgh Gardens and browsing in bookshops, record shops and fabric shops in Melbourne.
Via numerous portrait poems of real and fictitious people revealed in Our Ways On Earth Peter Bakowski returns our attention to the individual. Via clear, non-judgemental portraiture Our Ways On Earth saves, for our consideration, individuals who might otherwise be buried, lost to us, under a slag heap of statistics, demographics and generalisation.
Wardrobe of Selves, Peter Bakowski’s seventh full-length poetry collection, pays homage to: the acrostic poem, aphorisms, blues and roots music, the cities of Berlin, Melbourne and Paris, espionage, film noir, haiku, humour, modern history, pacifism, painting, photography portraiture, proverbs, quotations, the sonnet, surrealism and travel.