Only in this way can the poem resist succumbing to mere introspective reverie. Novelists are great at this — they all seem to have worked on lobster boats.This is a presence extended in a time we create as we keep words in mind. Born in Tierra del Fuego under still mysterious circumstances to the mistress of the British vice-consul? Cloned as a chance by-product of the Manhattan Project in the early forties? He says, These are yellow-hammers and sparrows, but there are no larks. In a letter written during the same month as the composition, Palmer comments that the only strategy left to the poet is to display the discord of satellite images through a rupturing of the poetic composition. These lines read as a commentary on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, Orpheus of course does look back desiring recognition. The fragmentary statements in the work create junctures in the text which suggest a recalling of events, but this process of recall seem to disrupt the narrative even more. He is one of the most original craftsmen at work in English at the present time.
From tohe served as a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. Irving's singular influence from the beginning demonstrated for Palmer a "working" of the poet as "maker" in the radical sense, even ancient sense of that word.
Beginnings[ edit ] Michael Palmer began actively publishing poetry in the s. Closer to Gennady Aygi another poet honored in this book than George Oppen, it hews all the same to the Objectivist credo of austere minimalism, the sense that each word can be arrived at only through patient struggle.
In this century of the Eye over the Ear, Palmer's insistence on Sound evokes a subtextual joy. The French theorist Maurice Blanchot understands this tension between memory and forgetting as an implicit drive in the writing of poetry.
It feels like a personal commitment to making the writing as interesting as what is being said. In effect he asserts that to recover a slick narrative or present a self-congratulatory oppositional work would be a futile gesture: We try to somehow respond with letters, words and sentences of our own.Here at the heart, a small pond, stagnant in the shadow of smoke. Some call it allusive. My own hesitancy comes when you try to create, let's say, a fixed theoretical matrix and begin to work from an ideology of prohibitions about expressivity and the self — there I depart quite dramatically from a few of the Language Poets. However, at a certain point in my reading, I realized I needed to amplify that. Dance[ edit ] For more than thirty years he has collaborated on over a dozen dance works with Margaret Jenkins and her Dance Company. I lunch at p. And the politics of it all is fascinating, but there are people who are much better equipped to speak about it than I am.
Cloned as a chance by-product of the Manhattan Project in the early forties? However, at a certain point in my reading, I realized I needed to amplify that.
Late style in Palmer is a slow concrescence, an exactitude of means. It is a poetry that can, at once, gesture toward post-modernpost- avant-gardesemiotic concerns even as it acknowledges that