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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
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