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The Danish Notebook
Memoir. In THE DANISH NOTEBOOK, Michael Palmer sets out to connect the dots -- to discover which images and designs will appear when his reflections (on poetry, on collaboration, on work, on travel) and memories (of chance meetings, of conversations among friends, of books read and movies seen) are set down on paper. The result is part memoir, part correspondence, part tra ...more
Paperback, 51 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Avec Books
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Perhaps I should have come with lessened expectations. And I know that a notebook is not going to have the same rigor as a book of poetry. But there was just too much self-indulgence. Would it be better to see other books in this series? Is there a notebook from Keith Waldrop, and others, that this one connects to?
This collection of journal-like prose fragments reminds me much of Palmer's poetry -- disjunctive pieces that work to bridge and connect gaps over multiple times and places. Connections via memory and relationship overlap pushing past narrative to form a complex and complicated part of multiple wholes.