Praise for The Purpose of Things

“The Purpose of Things is a terrific collaboration between words and images…a delightful reconsideration of what’s right in front of us.”
– Aline Smithson: Internationally acclaimed photographer, artist and curator

“When William Carlos Williams said of poetry ‘No ideas but in things,’ he seems to have predicted the power of these pairs of poems and photographs. This book allows us to experience things, poetically, in their transcendent states.”
– Robert Stewart: Editor of New Letters; author of Working Class.

“What’s missing in The Purpose of Things, a book of poems and photographs? Flowery language, excessive metaphors, and hyperbole. For that, I give thanks. For me, this is the best poetry book I’ve read in a long time. It’s simple, down to earth, creative and fun. Not just fun, but also full of meaningful comparisons, and statements.”
-Gail Denham, Highland Park Poetry, August 2021. Full review here.

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About the Author and Photographer

Peter Serchuk’s poems have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals including Atlanta Review, Poetry, Hudson Review, Boulevard, New Letters, North American Review and others. His previous collections are Waiting for Poppa at the Smithtown Diner (University of Illinois Press) and All That Remains (WordTech Editions).

Pieter de Koninck is an award-winning art director and graphic designer who has created numerous advertising campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his own photography, he has worked alongside a long list of nationally recognized photographers, cinematographers and directors.

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