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At Passages

4.40  ·  Rating Details  ·  86 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Paperback, 101 pages
Published April 1st 1995 by New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Oct 11, 2007 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
Michael Palmer's book At Passages explores many of the unspeakable threads tangled across human minds. As I read the book, I was consistently absorbed in the lush sonic landscape and ethereal imagery, but was simultaneously unnerved by the circuitous progression of individual pieces and the unhinged resolution hovering in the atmosphere. Palmer's work possesses an emotional echo that is left to accrue at a point of the reader's determination. "Passages" suggests a liminal boundary between what c ...more
Dec 06, 2010 Ryan rated it liked it
To me, this book is an attempt to show the futility in description. No matter what is written, there are other perspectives, other narratives, other ideas that can either agree, enhance, or refute the original words. Throughout many of the poems, the speaker is simply describing myriad events, dreams, stories, often sharing similar elements: a word, a phrase, an allusion, a tone. Palmer is very interested in lists and numbers, and in that sense, the book feels like a catalogue of descriptions. T ...more
Mills College Library
811.54 P1752a 1995
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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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