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Michael Palmer’s new collection is structured in two parts, “What I Did Not
Say” and “Thread,” subtitled “Stanzas in Counterlight.” It begins with a beautiful
suite of poems featuring The Master of Shadows (first glimpsed in his 2006
collection The Company of Moths). The counterlight of the title section shines
in shafts of Palmer’s ever-surprising ironic wit, which is given t
Paperback, 104 pages
Published May 27th 2011 by New Directions
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i read this short collection of short poems during a very long week at a shitty temp job. the job has me sitting at a computer in silence in a room full of maybe 40 people and 3 bosses grading elementary school standardized exams. it's insanely tedious like some kind of torture prison (like the classroom that these test-takers themselves suffer in). but sometimes the computers fuck up and we get a few minutes of respite to read. during these mini-breaks i can read a poem or three.

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The poems contained in this book have some originality. I appreciated the string of poems like “Difference” which are poems similar in subject and wording, but have a subtle difference between each one. It was an interesting set up and something I haven’t seen too often. In the beginning of this book I was intrigued, but the further and further I read, I became frustrated by the repetitiveness and the forced almost childish rhymes. What was original and interesting in the beginning grew tedious ...more
A simple honesty and fluency of language with no apologies for literary references or steps into personal memory or alternate universes. Comforting in my particular mood of grieving and unease. I am drawn to the poems that play off Gennady Aygi's work which I also enjoy.
Dec 21, 2011 Megan is currently reading it
MP is such a comfort, even when writing of uncomfortable things. I always feel welcome in his literary landscapes, and find so many pleasures--and meanings--of reading addressed and enacted therein.
Chimera, helicopters are birthing their young into the waves.
Christina Marie Rau
The world presented in the pages of Thread is confusing. It's a good kind of confusing for the most part. What did not make sense as actual ideas made sense through sound; Michael Palmer has a unique and skillful way of making language make sense even though it might not really make sense on the surface. That's probably why he's a L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poet. With a mix of prose poems, short poems, longer poems, and poems with all lengths of stanzas and lines, the collection offers a variety of rhythms ...more
Palmer is completely insane. fuck me if I understood 25% of what he's writing about. will have to read it a few more times before it sinks in.
Chris Schaeffer
A sort of under-rated langpo dude, still writing exciting and challenging new stuff. Come on, read this. Please?
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If you want to learn how to write a series of poems, this is the book to check out.
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Michael Palmer is a poet associated with the Language Poetry movement; he is also a translator and has worked on art with painters and dancers.

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More about Michael Palmer...
Company of Moths Notes for Echo Lake Codes Appearing: Poems 1979-1988 At Passages The Promises of Glass

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