Poem of the Week: “The Climbers” by Peter Cooley

By: Edward Byrne Last Updated: August 25, 2010

vprThe VPR Poem of the Week is Peter Cooley’s “The Climbers,” which appeared in the Spring/Summer 2008 issue (Volume IX, Number 2) of Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Peter Cooley has published eight books of poetry, most recently Divine Margins (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2009). His poems have also appeared widely in literary journals, including Chelsea, Kenyon Review, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, Southern Review, and Southwest Review. He is Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Tulane University.

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