The Laughter of the Sphinx

The Laughter of the Sphinx

by Michael Palmer

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Overview

A powerful, indelible new collection by Michael Palmer—“one of America’s most important poets” (The Harvard Review)

Michael Palmer’s new book—a collection in two parts, “The Laughter of the Sphinx” and “Still (a cantata—or nada—for Sister Satan)”—contains 52 poems.

The title poem begins “The laughter of the Sphinx / caused my eyes to bleed” and haunts us with the ruin we are making of our world, even as Palmer revels in its incredible beauty. Such central tensions in The Laughter of the Sphinx—between beauty and loss, love and death, motion and rest, knowledge and ignorance—glow in Palmer’s lyrical play of light and entirely hypnotize the reader. The stakes, as always with Palmer, are very high, essentially life and death: “Please favor us with a reply / regarding our one-time offer / which will soon expire.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811225557
Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 06/28/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 497 KB

About the Author

Born in 1943, Michael Palmer has written twenty books of poetry and recently published his selected essays, Active Boundaries (New Directions). He has been acclaimed “one of America’s most important poets: startlingly lyrical and visceral” (The Harvard Review).

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