Peter Payack, Conceptual Anarchist, Science Fiction Poet
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The pictured poets all have been active in the poetry scene since the 1970's that was once centered around the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, the oldest poetry book store in the country. These five poets all have their photos displayed on the Book Shop Walls, although admittedly in much younger portraits.    From left to right, Poet, Professor, NPR Commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner Lloyd Schwartz; Black Smith House Poetry Reading founder and finalist for the National Poetry Award for Poetry Gail Mazur; Poet, Professor, translator of acclaimed edition of Dante's The Inferno,    US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; Poet, Professor and Owner of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, Ifeanyi Menkiti; and Rhysling Award winner, Founder of Phone-a-Poem (1976-2001, now archived at Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room) Cambridge Poet Populist Peter Payack.

The pictured poets all have been active in the poetry scene since the 1970's that was once centered around the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, the oldest poetry book store in the country. These five poets all have their photos displayed on the Book Shop Walls, although admittedly in much younger portraits.

From left to right, Poet, Professor, NPR Commentator and Pulitzer Prize winner Lloyd Schwartz; Black Smith House Poetry Reading founder and finalist for the National Poetry Award for Poetry Gail Mazur; Poet, Professor, translator of acclaimed edition of Dante's The Inferno,

US Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky; Poet, Professor and Owner of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop, Ifeanyi Menkiti; and Rhysling Award winner, Founder of Phone-a-Poem (1976-2001, now archived at Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room) Cambridge Poet Populist Peter Payack.

"Galactic Question Mark", collage by science fiction poet Peter Payack.The World’s shortest (but universe’s largest) poem!

"Galactic Question Mark", collage by science fiction poet Peter Payack.The World’s shortest (but universe’s largest) poem!

The Stonehenge Watch at the Great American Eclipse 2017 in Salem Oregon.

The Stonehenge Watch at the Great American Eclipse 2017 in Salem Oregon.

Esteemed astronomer Jay Pasachoff, with The Stonehenge Watch™, at the epicenter of the Great American Eclipse 2017, in Salem, Oregon.

Esteemed astronomer Jay Pasachoff, with The Stonehenge Watch™, at the epicenter of the Great American Eclipse 2017, in Salem, Oregon.

This "pinwheel" poem, by science fiction poet Peter Payack, originally appeared in " Creative Computing Magazine " in 1979, where Payack was a contributing editor since 1975.

This "pinwheel" poem, by science fiction poet Peter Payack, originally appeared in "Creative Computing Magazine" in 1979, where Payack was a contributing editor since 1975.

Peter Payack with The Stonehenge Watch™ at the National Watch and Clock and Watch Museum where the watch was the main exhibit of its "Sacred Time" exhibit.

Peter Payack with The Stonehenge Watch™ at the National Watch and Clock and Watch Museum where the watch was the main exhibit of its "Sacred Time" exhibit.

Peter Payack, poet and inventor of he Stonehenge Watch with noted astronomer Jay Pasachoff, at the Great American Eclipse 2017 in Salem Oregon.

Peter Payack, poet and inventor of he Stonehenge Watch with noted astronomer Jay Pasachoff, at the Great American Eclipse 2017 in Salem Oregon.

Five generations of Payack Men (collage by Peter Payack): Frank Payack (1885-1962) seeker of freedom in America; Peter P. Payack (1921-1989) WW2 Veteran of D-Day, The Liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Budge; Peter Paul Payack (1987- ) Electronic Image Maker and Editorial Cartoonist; Peter Payack (1950- ) First Poet Populist of Cambridge, founder of Phone-a-Poem and inventor of The Stonehenge Watch; Mike Payack (1982- ) The Writer and painter; and in color Rowan Payack (2013- ) The Future.

Five generations of Payack Men (collage by Peter Payack): Frank Payack (1885-1962) seeker of freedom in America; Peter P. Payack (1921-1989) WW2 Veteran of D-Day, The Liberation of Paris and the Battle of the Budge; Peter Paul Payack (1987- ) Electronic Image Maker and Editorial Cartoonist; Peter Payack (1950- ) First Poet Populist of Cambridge, founder of Phone-a-Poem and inventor of The Stonehenge Watch; Mike Payack (1982- ) The Writer and painter; and in color Rowan Payack (2013- ) The Future.

Collage by poet Peter Payack

Collage by poet Peter Payack

"Poetry Mobile" by Peter Payack, as featured in US Magazine.

"Poetry Mobile" by Peter Payack, as featured in US Magazine.

Poet Peter Payack with poet/collage artist Michael Kasper at Harbor fest, 1980, at University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Poet Peter Payack with poet/collage artist Michael Kasper at Harbor fest, 1980, at University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Monica Hynes-Payack and Mary Shepherd with some of Poet Peter Payack's 5,000 "Poetry Balloons" at the first Cambridge River Festival in 1976. Each balloon was filled with a poem. Poems ranged from Cambridge school children to the nations Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky.

Monica Hynes-Payack and Mary Shepherd with some of Poet Peter Payack's 5,000 "Poetry Balloons" at the first Cambridge River Festival in 1976. Each balloon was filled with a poem. Poems ranged from Cambridge school children to the nations Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky.

Poet Peter Payack with Steve Sharpe and Mark Goldberg at Harbor fest, 1980, at University of Massachusetts, Boston launching inflating "Jupiter" a giant poetry balloon.

Poet Peter Payack with Steve Sharpe and Mark Goldberg at Harbor fest, 1980, at University of Massachusetts, Boston launching inflating "Jupiter" a giant poetry balloon.

Poet Peter Payack with Steve Sharpe at Harbor fest, 1980, at University of Massachusetts, Boston inflating "Jupiter" a giant poetry balloon.

Poet Peter Payack with Steve Sharpe at Harbor fest, 1980, at University of Massachusetts, Boston inflating "Jupiter" a giant poetry balloon.

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Peter Payack as a halfback of his high school football team in 1966.

Peter Payack as a halfback of his high school football team in 1966.

Peter Payack at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece during the 2002 International Sky Art Conference where he was a featured speaker.

Peter Payack at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece during the 2002 International Sky Art Conference where he was a featured speaker.

Peter Payack with iconic rock and roll photographer, Henry Diltz.

Peter Payack with iconic rock and roll photographer, Henry Diltz.

Iconic rock and roll photographer Henry Diltz snapped this photo of students in Peter Payack's writing course at Berklee College of Music in Boston.  (Listen to WBUR audio)

Iconic rock and roll photographer Henry Diltz snapped this photo of students in Peter Payack's writing course at Berklee College of Music in Boston. (Listen to WBUR audio)