Magnificent: an astringent blend of surrealism and symbolism.
The New York Times Book Review

Shaped by the poet’s long view of history, these beautiful lamenting poems take sudden bracing plunges into close-up views of our apocalypse

Available May 4, 2021

Little Elegies for Sister Satan

Poetry by Michael Palmer

Little Elegies for Sister Satan presents searingly beautiful new poems by Michael Palmer, “the foremost experimental poet of his generation, and perhaps of the last several generations” (citation for The Poetry Society of America’s Wallace Stevens Award).

Grappling with our dark times and our inability to stop destroying the planet or to end our endless wars, Palmer offers a counterlight of wit (poetry was dead again / they said again), as well as the glow of wonder. In polyphonic passages, voices speak from a decentered place, yet are rooted in the whole history of culture that has gone before: “When I think of ‘possible worlds,’ I think not of philosophy, but of elegy. And impossible worlds. Resistant worlds.”

In the light of day
perhaps all of this
will make sense.

But have we come this far,
come this close to death,
just to make sense?

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Paperback (published May 4, 2021)

ISBN
9780811230896
Price US
19.95
Trim Size
6x9
Page Count
96

Ebook (published May 4, 2021)

ISBN
9780811230902

Michael Palmer

Contemporary American Poet

Magnificent: an astringent blend of surrealism and symbolism.
The New York Times Book Review
The most influential avant-gardist working, and perhaps the greatest poet of his generation … [Palmer’s] genius is for making the world strange again.
The Village Voice