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Seasons -- of Life and of Understanding (2024)
This is my third poetry book. With it, I honor Matsuo Basho, the seventh-century Japanese poet; his tight argued and unadorned style even today offers an excellent example about how to present the most pleasant, unusual, even the most complex topics succinctly and powerfully.  Better in some ways even than an essay or a book. 


Was man so Alles lernt; Südtiroler Rückblick auf die moderne Welt (All the Things One Learns; A South Tyrolean's Reflections) (2023)
My parents deposited my brother and I in an isolated Dolomite village of Afers/Eores for our safety during WWII.  The war brought the modern world to this medieval community during my lifetime. I gained the values I hold tightly in the context of the family of the Egarter Hof (farm) that took us in.  The book interweaves the story of a farm and a village with my own.


Listen to Rarely Heard Voices (2022)
The publisher writes that "[Peter's] oneness and joy of nature is constantly apparent." That's my reason for writing poetry: Nature as we see it "outside," in our lives, and in the troubles that can surround us in a complex word.


An Immigrant in the 1960s. Finding Hope and Success in New York City 
This book is about my arrival as a teen from Germany and advancing from elevator operator to university professor. You will be surprised how easy and pleasant it was to become an American. Being white helped enormously.


Hopes and Fears: Past and Present
My first poetry book ranges from the pristine to the historical, the soft blossoms of spring to the aggression and oppression of autocrats.

A Perfect Portrait: A Historical Novel
This novel is about an aspiring female artist in Weimar, one of the most exciting cities of 18th-century Germany. She was/is not a real person, but she definitely could have been.


In the Face of Evil
The complex lives of my four "mothers"are the topic of this book. it deals with two farm women of the Italian Dolomites, my birth mother, and my step-mother. Steady with their values may be the best way to describe their approach to an extremely difficult times.

Der Vater und die SS
My struggle to understand my father in reflected in this attempt to understand the man and his time. Out of print

The Eduction of Women in Eigheenth-Century Germany
As far as I can determine, the only in depth study of German women's education from Martin Luther to the end of the 18th century.  Expensive, but worth it.

Human Space
This is an early attempt to understand an increasingly problematic situation across our world; a study about how we use and abuse our space/s. 


 

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