Codes Appearing by Michael Palmer
Poems 1979-1988

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Codes Appearing combines in a single volume three seminal and long unavailable collections by Michael Palmer. This volume rescues from limbo three of his most beautiful poetry volumes: Notes for Echo Lake, First Figure, and Sun (1981, 1984, 1988). Making available a great deal of Palmer's most influential, exciting, and stunning work, Codes Appearing is a landmark volume. The significance of his writing is every day more recognized. "It is impossible," as The Boston Review noted, "to overstate Palmer's importance." "Michael Palmer,'" as Joshua Clover declared in The Village Voice, "is the most influential avant-gardist working, and perhaps the greatest poet of his generation.... And his books, including the essential '80s triptych of Notes for Echo Lake, First Figure, and Sun, are organized not by story but by a dreamland of calculus and sway....[Palmer's] genius is for making the world strange again."
 

About Michael Palmer

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Poet and translator Michael Palmer was born in New York City in 1943. He attended Harvard University where he earned a BA in French and a MA in Comparative Literature. He has translated the works of a number of poets and his own poems have been translated into more than 20 languages. More than one hundred of his poems have been collected into a comprehensive worked entitled The Lion Bridge: Selected Poems, 1972-1975. Palmer is the 2006 recipient of the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets. This $100,000 (US) prize recognizes outstanding and proven mastery in the art of poetry. He currently lives in San Francisco.
 
Published May 1, 2001 by New Directions Publishing Corporation. 254 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It collects Palmer's three most best-known volumes, all originally from North Point Press: Notes for Echo Lake (1981), First Figure (1984, including ""Dearest Reader"": ""Dearest Reader there were trees/ formed of wire, broad entryways/ beneath balconies beneath spires...."") and Sun (1988).

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