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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.
It is the novel Munch would have written about himself were he to have written instead of painted.
on Edvard Munch in Review of Contemporary Fiction
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 is author of four previous works of fiction about Puerto Rico (Pressure Drop), the Kent State shootings (Still Lives), Edvard Munch (The Munch Case) and Bratislava (Fade) 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.