Sometimes I sit at the kitchen table
at 2 in the morning
and have a go at writing a poem.
Wardrobe of Selves examines what differentiates our private self from our public self—how often or rarely each of us is candid, driven to reveal our oldest secrets and scars; or calculating, moving through rooms and situations with bravado and ambition; or on the cusp of giving birth to our most remarkable self or conversely jettisoning a limited self which has held us back for too long.
The real and fictitious individuals portrayed in Wardrobe of Selves represent a spectrum of responses to pivotal human moments of idyll and dilemma, creativity and fury.
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.