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At the center of Buckeye’s clear, direct prose is moral memory. All his life, from Cleveland to Bratislava, he has been measuring the material world from the body out. It is this rare combination of moral memory and materialism that makes Buckeye’s writing so compelling.
Robert Buckeye has a visceral sense of place—and the outward spaces he inhabits in his work are matched by a pressure from within, as Wallace Stevens might say; a pressure that seems to issue from the body, and that makes the connection between body and mind visceral, combative, compelling.
Buckeye captures a rare emotional authenticity and realism attained by few authors .... the piece is a testament to Robert Buckeye’s ability to craft a truly honest and powerfully real work of fiction.”
on Left in Review of Contemporary Fiction
Robert Buckeye’s work—whether he deals with intimate or far-flung geography—has an edge to it, an incisive lyric toughness that’s very much his own. The voice has pace, rhythm, force.
You may have to keep reminding yourself it’s not poetry … because it is so surely lyrical, so rich with imagery.
Robert Buckeye is author of five works of fiction about Puerto Rico (Pressure Drop), the Kent State shootings (Still Lives), Edvard Munch (The Munch Case), Bratislava (Fade), and the novel Not Her Nor Him, as well as a study of the English novelist, Ann Quin (Re: Quin). In 2015, Spuyten Duyvil published a collection of his criticism, Living In. He divides his time between Vermont and Bratislava.