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Michael Palmer Ceremonied by American Academy of Arts and Letters, Poem Featured at New Directions

By Harriet Staff

New Directions has decided, “due to popular demand,” to sport one poet per week on their blog; this week’s post coincides with Michael Palmer’s receiving of an award for general excellence in literature, granted by the American Academy of Arts and Letters:

A few months back we shared the wonderful news that poet Michael Palmer has been honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters with an award for general excellence in literature. The ceremony itself is happening right now in New York, and so we’re taking the opportunity to say “Congratulations” again.

The second and last section of Michael Palmer’s new poetry collection, Thread, is a cycle of eighteen dream-like lyrics also titled “Thread,” and subtitled “(Stanzas in Counterlight).” Here are three poems from this section, a section of shadows and echoes, of wings and the slaughter of wings, where figures of the dead are spoken to and listened to.

Read the poem here.

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Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, May 16th, 2012 by Harriet Staff.