May 11, 1943|
Manhattan, New York, United States
|Genres||poetry, prose, "analytic lyric"|
|Literary movement||postmodern, Language poetry|
Michael Palmer (born May 11, 1943) is an American poet and translator. He has worked extensively with Contemporary dance for over 30 years, and has collaborated with many composers and visual artists.
Palmer began actively publishing poetry in the 1960s. 2 events in the early 1960s would prove particularly decisive for his development as a poet.
1st, he attended the now famous Vancouver Poetry Conference in 1963. This July-August 1963 Poetry Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia spanned 3 weeks and involved about sixty people who had registered for a program of discussions, workshops, lectures, and readings designed by Warren Tallman and Robert Creeley as a summer course at the University of B.C. There Palmer met writers and artists who would leave an indelible mark on his own developing sense of a poetics, especially Creeley, Robert Duncan, and Clark Coolidge, with whom he formed lifelong friendships. It was a landmark moment as Robert Creeley observed:
Vancouver Poetry Conference brought together for the first time, a decisive company of then disregarded poets such as Denise Levertov, Charles Olson, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Duncan, Margaret Avison, Philip Whalen... together with as yet unrecognised younger poets of that time, Michael Palmer, Clark Coolidge and many more."
Palmer's 2nd initiation into the rites of a public poet began with the editing of the journal Joglars with fellow poet Clark Coolidge. Joglars (Providence, Rhode Island) numbered just 3 issues in all, published between 1964 and 1966, but extended the correspondence with fellow poets begun in Vancouver. The premiere issue appeared in Spring 1964 and included poems by Gary Snyder, Michael McClure, Fielding Dawson, Jonathan Williams, Lorine Niedecker, Robert Kelly, and Louis Zukofsky. Palmer published five of his own poems in the second number of Joglars, an issue that included work by Larry Eigner, Stan Brakhage, Russell Edson, and Jackson Mac Low.
For those who attended the Vancouver Conference or learned about it later on, it was apparent that the poetics of Charles Olson, proprioceptive or Projectivist in its reach, was exerting a significant and lasting influence on the emerging generation of artists and poets who came to prominence in the 1950s and 1960s. Subsequent to this emerging generation of artists who felt Olson's impact, poets such as Robert Creeley and Robert Duncan would in turn exert their own huge impact on our national poetries (see also: Black Mountain poets and San Francisco Renaissance). Of this particular company of poets encountered in Vancouver, Palmer says:
...before meeting that group of poets in 1963 at the Vancouver Poetry Conference, I had begun to read them intensely, and they proposed alternatives to the poets I was encountering at that time at Harvard, the confessional poets, whose work was grounded to a greater or lesser degree in New Criticism, at least those were their mentors. The confessional poets struck me as people absolutely lusting for fame, all of them, and they were all trying to write great lines.
Palmer is the author of 10 books of poetry, including Company of Moths (2005) (shortlisted for the 2006 Canadian Griffin Poetry Prize), Codes Appearing: Poems, 1979-1988 (2001), The Promises of Glass (2000), The Lion Bridge: Selected poems, 1972-1995 (1998), At Passages (1996), Sun (1988), First Figure (1984), Notes for Echo Lake (1981), Without Music (1977), The Circular Gates (1974), and Blake's Newton (1972).
A prose work, The Danish Notebook, was published in 1999. In the spring of 2007, a chapbook, The Counter-Sky (with translations by Koichiro Yamauchi), was published by Meltemia Press of Japan, to coincide with the Tokyo Poetry and Dance Festival.
Palmer's work has appeared in literary magazines such as Boundary 2, Berkeley Poetry Review, Sulfur, Conjunctions, Grand Street and O-blek.
Palmer has lived in San Francisco since 1969.
Early development of poetry and poeticsEdit
Following the Vancouver Conference, Robert Duncan and Robert Creeley remained primary resources. Both poets had a lasting, active influence on Palmer's work which has extended until the present. In an essay, "Robert Duncan and Romantic Synthesis" (see 'External links' below), Palmer recognizes that Duncan's appropriation and synthesis of previous poetic influences was transformed into a poetics noted for "exploratory audacity...the manipulation of complex, resistant harmonies, and by the kinetic idea of "composition by field", whereby all elements of the poem are potentially equally active in the composition as 'events' of the poem".
And if this statement marks a certain tendency readers have noted in Palmer's work all along, or remains a touchstone of sorts, we sense that from the beginning Palmer has consistently confronted not only the problem of subjectivity and public address in poetry, but the specific agency of Poetry and the relationship between poetry and the political: "The implicit...question has always concerned the human and social justification for this strange thing, poetry, when it is not directly driven by the political or by some other, equally other evident purpose [...] Whereas the significant artistic thrust has always been toward artistic independence within the world, not from it."
So for Palmer, this tendency seems there from the beginning. Today these concerns continue through multiple collaborations across the fields of poetry, dance, translation, and the visual arts. Perhaps similar to Olson's impact on his generation, Palmer's influence remains singular and palpable, if difficult to measure. Since Olson's death in 1970, we continue to be, following upon George Oppen's phrase, carried into the incalculable, As Palmer recently noted in a blurb for Claudia Rankine's poetic testament Don't Let Me Be Lonely (2004), ours is "a time when even death and the self have been re-configured as commodities".
Introducing Palmer for a reading at the DIA Arts Center in 1996, Brighde Mullins noted that Palmer's poetics is both "situated yet active". Palmer alludes to this himself, perhaps, when he speaks of poetry signaling a "site of passages". He says, "The space of the page is taken as a site in itself, a syntactical and visual space to be expressively exploited, as was the case with the Black Mountain poets, as well as writers such as Frank O'Hara, perhaps partly in response to gestural abstract painting."
"Palmer's dialectic, with its underpinning of phenomenological panic, with its awareness of the psychotic matrix of the political and the personal, is evinced in somatic terms, is realized through semantic sustenance. His poetic is situated yet active, and it affords a range of pleasure due to his wonderful ear, his intellection, his breadth. In this century of the Eye over the Ear, Palmer's insistence on Sound evokes a subtextual joy."
Elsewhere he observes that "in our reading we have to rediscover the radical nature of the poem." In turn, this becomes a search for "the essential place of lyric poetry" as it delves "beneath it to its relationship with language". Since he seems to explore the nature of language and its relation to human consciousness and perception, Palmer is often associated with the Language poets (sometimes referred to as the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, after the magazine that bears that name).
Of this particular association, Palmer comments in a recent (2000) interview:
It goes back to an organic period when I had a closer association with some of those writers than I do now, when we were a generation in San Francisco with lots of poetic and theoretical energy and desperately trying to escape from the assumptions of poetic production that were largely dominant in our culture. 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.
Confrontation with ModernismEdit
He remains candid about the giants of modernism: i.e., Yeats, Eliot and Pound. Whether it is the fascism of Ezra Pound or the less overt but no less insidious anti-semitism found in the work of T.S. Eliot, Palmer's position is a fierce rejection of their politics, but qualified with the acknowledgment that, as Marjorie Perloff has observed of Pound, "he remains the great inventor of the period, the poet who really MADE THINGS NEW". Thus, Palmer decries that what remains for us is something quite harrowing "inscribed at the heart of modernism".
Perhaps we can invoke one of Palmer's real 'heroes', Antonio Gramsci, and say here, now, what precisely has been inscribed over against what today (in the vicious circles of media and cultural production) is merely forecast as cultural hegemony.
So if Palmer, on the one hand, variously describes or defines an Ideology as that which "invades the field of meaning", we recognize not only in Pound or Eliot, but now as if against ourselves, that ideology implicitly deploys values and premises that must remain unspoken in order for them to function as ideology or to remain hidden in plain sight, as such. At some point we can invoke the 'post-ideological' stance of Slavoj Žižek who, after Althusser, jettisons the Marxist equation: ideology=false consciousness and say that, perhaps Ideology, to all intents and purposes, IS consciousness.
As a way out of this seeming double-bind, or to his admissions that poetry is, as Pound observed, "news that stays news", that it remains an active and viable (or "actively situated") principle within the social dynamic, critics and readers alike point to Palmer's own avowals of an emerging countertradition to the prevailing literary establishment: an 'alternative tradition' that just slipped under the radar as far as the Academy and its various 'schools' of poetry are concerned. Though not always so visible, this counter-tradition continues to exert an underground influence. Poetry, as critique or praise, can perhaps in its reach exceed the grasp of modernism and procure for us as visible again, that which is all or nothing except for the 'ghostlier demarcations' of the social wager within sight of the shipwreck of the singular (as George Oppen characterized it) which denotes or delimits the very idea of the social, if not the very idea that there is a definition of the social other than this : the community of those who have no community. Indeed, the unavowable community (to borrow a title and phrasing from Maurice Blanchot).
Faced with shipwreck, "in the dark" amidst the ravished heresies of the unspoken as even against silence itself, we can think with the poem. With fierce determination or graceful adherence we can perhaps even "see" with the poem, account for its usefulness. Even as we use the language, attend to its fissures and abhorrences, language in turn uses us, or has its own uses for us, as Palmer attests:
|from the poem "Night Gardening", Company of Moths (2005)|
Palmer has repeatedly stated, in interviews and in various talks given across the years, that the situation for the poet is paradoxical: a seeing which is blind, a "nothing you can see", an "active waiting", "purposive, sometimes a music", or a "nowhere" that is "now / here". For Palmer, it is a situation which is never over, and yet it mysteriously starts up again each day, as if describing a circle. Poetry can "interrogate the radical and violent instability of our moment, asking where is the location of culture, where the site of self, selves, among others" (as Palmer has characterized the poetry of Myung Mi Kim).
Palmer has published translations from French, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese, and has engaged in multiple collaborations with artists. These include German painter Gerhard Richter, French painter Micaëla Henich, and Italian painter Sandro Chia. He edited and helped translate Nothing The Sun Could Not Explain: Twenty contemporary Brazilian poets (Sun & Moon Press, 1997). With Michael Molnar and John High, Palmer helped edit and translate a volume of poetry by the Russian poet Alexei Parshchikov, Blue Vitriol (Avec Books, 1994). He also translated "Theory of Tables" (1994), a book written by Emmanuel Hocquard, a project that grew out of Hocquard's translations of Palmer's "Baudelaire Series" into French. Palmer has written many radio plays and works of criticism. But his lasting significance occurs as the singular concerns of the artist extend into the aleatory, the multiple, and the collaborative.
For more than 30 years he has collaborated on over a dozen dance works with Margaret Jenkins and her Dance Company. Early dance scenarios in which Palmer participated include Interferences, 1975; Equal Time, 1976; No One but Whitington, 1978; Red, Yellow, Blue, 1980, Straight Words, 1980; Versions by Turns, 1980; Cortland Set, 1982; and First Figure, 1984. A particularly noteworthy example of a recent Jenkins/Palmer collaboration would be The Gates (Far Away Near), an evening-length dance work in which Palmer worked with not only Ms. Jenkins, but also Paul Dresher and Rinde Eckert. This was performed in September 1993 in the San Francisco Bay Area and in July 1994 at New York's Lincoln Center. Another recent collaboration with Jenkins resulted in "Danger Orange", a 45-minute outdoor site-specific performance, presented in October 2004 before the Presidential elections. The color orange metaphorically references the national alert systems that are in place that evoke the sense of danger.[see also:Homeland Security Advisory System]
Painters and visual artistsEdit
Similar to his friendship with Robert Duncan and painter Jess Collins, Palmer's work with painter Irving Petlin remains generative. 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). Along with Duncan, Zukofsky, and others, Petlin's work modeled, demonstrated, circumscribed and, perhaps most importantly for Palmer, verified that "the way" (this way for the artist who is a maker, a creator) would also be, as Gilles Deleuze termed it, "a life". This in turn delineates Palmer's own sense of both a poetics and an on-going counter-poetic tradition, offering him fixture and a place of repair.
Recently he worked with painter and visual artist Augusta Talbot, and curated her exhibition at the CUE Art Foundation (March 17 -April 23, 2005). When asked in an interview how collaboration has pushed the boundaries of his work, Palmer responded :
There were a variety of influences. One was that, when I was using language---but even when I wasn't, when I was simply envisioning a structure, for example---I was working with the idea of actual space. Over time, my own language took on a certain physicality or gestural character that it hadn't had as strongly in the earliest work. Margy (Margaret Jenkins) and I would often work with language as gesture and gesture as language---we would cross these two media, have them join at some nexus. And inevitably then, as I brought certain characteristics of my work to dance, and to dance structure and gesture, it started crossing over into my work. It added space to the poems.
It may be that for Palmer, friendship (acknowledging both the multiple and collaborative), becomes in part what Jack Spicer terms a "composition of the real". Across the fields of painting and dance, Palmer's work figures as an "unrelenting tentacle of the proprioceptive". Furthermore, it may signal a Coming Community underscored in the work of Giorgio Agamben, Jean-Luc Nancy and Maurice Blanchot among others. It is a poetry that would, along with theirs, articulate a place for, even spaces where, both the "poetic imaginary" is constituted and a possible social space is envisioned. As Jean-Luc Nancy has written in The Inoperative Community (1991): "These places, spread out everywhere, yield up and orient new spaces...other tracks, other ways, other places for all who are there."
Palmer's poetry has received both praise and criticism over the years. Some reviewers call it abstract. Some call it intimate. Some call it allusive. Some call it personal. Some call it political. And some call it inaccessible.
While some reviewers or readers may value Palmer's work as an "extension of modernism", they criticize and even reject Palmer's work as discordant: an interruption of our composure (to invoke Robert Duncan's phrase). Palmer's own stated poetics will not allow or settle for "vanguard gesturalism". In a singular confrontion with the modernist project, the poet must suffer 'loss', embrace disturbance and paradox, and agonize over what cannot be accounted for. It is a poetry that can, at once, gesture toward post-modern, post-avant-garde, semiotic concerns even as it acknowledges that
...the artist after Dante's poetics, works with all parts of the poem as polysemous, taking each thing of the composition as generative of meaning, a response to and a contribution to the building form.[...]But this putting together and rendering anew operates in our own apprehension of emerging articulations of time. Every particular is an immediate happening of meaning at large; every present activity in the poem redistributes future as well as past events. This is a presence extended in a time we create as we keep words in mind."
We can recognize that the "weary beauty" of Palmer's work bespeaks the tension and accord he offers toward the Modernists and the vanguardists, even as he is seeking to maintain or at least continue to search for an ethics of the I/Thou.
It is an awkward truce we make with modernism when there is no cessation of hostilities. But sometimes in reading Palmer's work we recognize (almost against ourselves) a poetry that is described as surreal in context and contour, livid in aural accomplishment, but all the while confronts the reader with a poetics both active and situated. And if Palmer is sometimes praised for this, more often than not he is criticized, rebuked, vilified and dismissed (just as Paul Celan was) for hermeticism, deliberate obscurity, and bogus erudition. Palmer admits to a stated "essential errancy of discovery in the poem" that would not necessarily be a "unified narrative explanation of the self", but would allow for itself "cloaked meaning and necessary semantic indirection"
Palmer was 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 Robert Hass, among those selecting Palmer to receive the award, wrote: "Michael Palmer is the foremost experimental poet of his generation and perhaps of the last several generations. A gorgeous writer who has taken cues from Wallace Stevens, the Black Mountain poets, John Ashbery, contemporary French poets, the poetics of Octavio Paz, and from language poetries. He is one of the most original craftsmen at work in English at the present time. His poetry is at once a dark and comic interrogation of the possibilities of representation in language, but its continuing surprise is its resourcefulness and its sheer beauty."
Palmer's other honors include 2 grants from the Literature Program of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1989-1990 he was a Guggenheim Fellow. During the years 1992-1994 he held a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Writer's Award. From 1999 to 2004, he served as a chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.
In the spring of 2001 he received the Shelly Memorial Prize from the Poetry Society of America.
- Plan of the City of O. Boston: Barn Dreams Press, 1971.
- Blake's Newton. Santa Barbara, CA: Black Sparrow, 1972.
- C's Songs. Berkeley, CA: Sand Dollar Books, 1973.
- Six Poems. Santa Barbara, CA: Black Sparrow, 1973.
- The Circular Gates. Santa Barbara, CA: Black Sparrow, 1974.
- Without Music. Santa Barbara, CA: Black Sparrow, 1977.
- Alogon. Berkeley, CA: Tuumba Press, 1980.
- Notes for Echo Lake. Berkeley, CA: North Point Press, 1981.
- First Figure. Bekeley, CA: North Point Press, 1984.
- Sun. Berkeley, CA: North Point Press, 1988.
- At Passages. New York: New Directions, 1995.
- The Lion Bridge: Selected poems, 1972-1995. New York: New Directions, 1998.
- The Promises of Glass. New York: New Directions, 2000.
- Codes Appearing: Poems, 1979-1988. New York: New Directions, 2001. (Notes for Echo Lake, First Figure, and Sun together in one volume.)
- Company of Moths. New York: New Directions, 2005. ISBN 978-0-8112-1623-4
- Aygi Cycle (chapbook with 10 new poems, inspired by the Russian poet Gennadiy Aygi). Ghent, Belgium: Druksel, 2009 
- Truths of Stone (with Jan Lauwereyns). Ghent, Belgium: Druksel, 2010.
- Thread. New York: New Directions, 2011. ISBN 978-0-8112-1921-1
- The Danish Notebook (memoir). Pengrove, CA: Avec Books, 1999.
- Active Boundaries: Selected Essays and Talks. New York: New Directions, 2008. ISBN 0-8112-1754-X
- Vicente Huidobro, Relativity of Spring: 13 poems (translated with Geoffrey Young). Berkeley, CA: Sand Dollar Books, 1976.
- Alain Tanner & John Berger, Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1983.
- Code of Signals: Recent writings in poetics. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 1983.
Audio / videoEdit
- Reading at the Modern Languages Auditorium, University of Arizona, Tucson, January 28, 2004 (CD). Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Poetry Center, 2004.
- A Reading by Michael Palmer (CD). Cambridge, MA: Dept. of English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University, 2011.
- ↑ The Flower of Capital (1979) reprinted at the Poetry Foundation website where it is labeled 'a poetics essay'. Includes a brief bio sketch.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Fred Wah’s recordings of the 1963 Vancouver Poetry Conference, at Slought Foundation website
- ↑ "Finding Aid for the Joglars Records, 1963-1966". Oac.cdlib.org. 1939-02-26. http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/kt5v19p056. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 The River City Interview with Michael PalmerTemplate:Dead link
- ↑ "On Robert Duncan-by Michael Palmer". English.uiuc.edu. http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/m_r/palmer/palmeronduncan.htm. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 JUBILAT | number 1Template:Dead link
- ↑ from Oppen's poem "Route" included in _George Oppen: New Collected Poems_, edited by Michael Davidson (New York: New Directions, 2002)
- ↑ http://wings.buffalo.edu/AandL/english/pubs/spc/alyric/bell/Sources.htm
- ↑ Michael Palmer IntroductionTemplate:Dead link
- ↑ JUBILAT | number 1 Note:in the actual interview with Palmer from which this quote is taken, the odd spelling of "Language" is retained: L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets. The Wikipedia articles on "Language Poetry" and the accompanying "discussion" pages describe this ongoing controversy with reference to the use of the ("="/equal sign) in the spelling
- ↑ "Chicago Postmodern Poetry Profile and Interview". Chicagopostmodernpoetry.com. http://www.chicagopostmodernpoetry.com/marjorie.htm. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
- ↑ 12.0 12.1 12.2 JUBILAT | number 1 (see also article:modernism)
- ↑ ie., Palmer specifically invokes Gramsci by name in his poems "Autobiography 8" (from _The Promise of Glass_, p.27) and "Sun" (the second version of that poem in Palmer's 1988 volume _Sun_). However, the reference to Gramsci in "Autobiography 8" could also refer to "The Ashes of Gramsci" (1954), a poem by Pier Paolo Pasolini)
- ↑ quoted from Michael Palmer's talk, "Active boundaries: Poetry at the periphery" as reprinted in Baker, Peter, ed., _Onward: Contemporary Poetry and Poetics_, (New York: Peter Lang, 1996). Listen to the audiofile of this talk ~>link here
- ↑ In other words, a poetry originating with Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky and expanding through the lives and works of Charles Olson, Oppen, Duncan, Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Denise Levertov, and others (specifically post-World War II)
- ↑ Collector's Items for fans and adversaries : "Micaëla Henich's collection of 1003 india ink drawings, published under the title "Mille e tre", is accompanied by 5 writer-poet-thinkers who were asked each to write on 200 of the drawings in the series (the last 3 have no text). They are: Jaques Derrida, Dominique Fourcade, Michael Palmer, Tom Raworth, Jacques Roubaud. Derrida's appeared in "Mille e tre, cinq: Lignées" (published by William Blake & Co.)
- ↑ "Biography - Palmer, Michael (1943-)" Contemporary Authors Online (biography) - 2006, Gale Reference Team, Publisher: Thomson Gale
- ↑ "An Interview with David Bromige". Epoetry.org. http://www.epoetry.org/issues/spring01/text/prose/bromige.html. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 poetry reading at "Small Press Traffic", San FranciscoTemplate:Dead link
- ↑ East Bay Express's Events Column (November 29, 2006) "Choose your euphemism for the work of Michael Palmer", writes columnist Anneli Rufus, "who has been busy in the Bay Area these past thirty years, writing and translating poetry and collaborating with painters and choreographers".
- ↑ poetry reading at "Small Press Traffic", San Francisco introductory remarks made before his reading on December 10, 1999
- ↑ Robert Duncan, from his "Introduction" to Bending the Bow (New Directions, 1968)
- ↑ Robert Duncan, "Introduction" to Bending the Bow (New Directions, 1968)
- ↑ Michael Palmer Receives the Wallace Stevens Award Poets.org, September 5, 2006, Academy of American Poets. Web, Aug. 30, 2009.
- ↑ "Druksel, een uitgeverij van bibliofiele boeken". Druksel.be. 2003-11-06. http://www.druksel.be/nl/fondsen/palmer/meer.html. Retrieved 2011-06-18.
- ↑ Michael Palmer b. 1943, Poetry Foundation, Web, Nov. 17, 2012.
- ↑ Search results = au:Michael Palmer + audiobook, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Nov. 6, 2015.
- "Dream of a Language That Speaks", a poem from Company of Moths (2005) @ Jacket Magazine site
- "Scale", first published in Richter 858 (ed. David Breskin, The Shifting Foundation, SF MOMA: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art); included in Company of Moths
- "Autobiography 3" & "Autobiography 5", two poems from Conjunctions magazine's on-line archive; included in The Promises of Glass (2000)
- "To the Title (Are there titles?)", included in Jacket Magazine 33
- four poems from Thread from Boston Review's March/April 2010 issue.
- Michael Palmer profile and 6 poems at the Academy of American Poets
- Michael Palmer b. 1943 at the Poetry Foundation
- Online poems by Michael Palmer.
- "On the Sustaining of Culture in Dark Times" text of Palmer's keynote address given at the 3rd Annual Sustainable Living Conference at Evergreen State College in February 2004.
- "Ground Work: On Robert Duncan" Michael Palmer's "Introduction" to a combined edition of Ground Work: Before the War, and Ground Work II: In the Dark, published by New Directions in April 2006.
- An internet bibliography for Michael Palmer from LiteraryHistory.com
- Audio / video
- Michael Palmer at PennSound.
- Michael Palmer at YouTube
- Lunch Poems reading by Michael Palmer: Webcast Held on October 5, 2006, in the Morrison Library, University of California at Berkeley: webcast online
- "In Company: On Artistic Collaboration and Solitude" This is the title of the lecture/talk that Palmer gave, along with a poetry reading, at the University of Chicago in October 2006. (In audio & video format)
- "Bad to the bone: What I learned outside" Lecture & Talk given in June 2002 at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics
- Poetic Obligations (Talking about Nothing at Temple) This is a talk Palmer gave at Temple University in February 1999, and was originally published in Fulcrum: An annual of poetry and aesthetics (Issue 2, 2003).
- "Poetry and Contingency: Within a timeless moment of barbaric thought" essay/talk originally published in the Chicago Review (June, 2003)
- Michael Palmer at Amazon.com
- Michael Palmer (1943- ) at Modern American Poetry.
- Griffin Poetry Prize biography, including audio and video clips Palmer was shortlisted for this prize in 2006
- Author Page at Internationales Literatufestival Berlin site (in English) Palmer was a guest of the ILB (Internationales Literatufestival Berlin/ Germany) in 2001 and 2005.
- Michael Palmer (Six Introductions) a brief essay by Clayton Eshleman who edited Sulfur magazine, for which Palmer served as a contributing editor.
- Margaret Jenkins Dance Company info on both Palmer & his collaborators in their on-going work with Dance
- The River City Interview conducted by Paul Naylor, Lindsay Hill, and J. P. Craig; appeared in 1994.
- An Interview with Michael Palmer by Robert Hicks in 2006
- Interview at Berkeley Daily Planet: April 7, 2006 discusses a reading Palmer & Douglas Blazek gave together at Moe's, a bookstore in Berkeley, California; includes interviews
- Interview with Michael Palmer an interview conducted at Washington University in St. Louis in 2008 by the student editors of "Arch Literary Journal" in conjunction with a talk and reading Palmer gave at the school. Includes an introductory essay by one of the editors, Lawrence Revard, "'What Reading?': Play in Michael Palmer's Poetics"
- Lauri Ramey:"Michael Palmer: The Lion Bridge" Ramey wrote a doctoral dissertation on Palmer, and here reviews his "Selected Poems"
- A Collision of "Possible Worlds" A 2002 review of The Promises of Glass by Michael Dowdy @Free Verse website
- A review of Company of Moths a book review of Palmer's 2005 collection
- Margaret Jenkins Dance Company's "A Slipping Glimpse" 2006 dance piece in collaboration with Tanushree Shankar Dance School & the text by Palmer
- Cultural camaraderie article from Hindustantimes.com on the dance performance A Slipping Glimpse. Article discusses Palmer's collaboration (includes quotes)
- Hands Across Many Seas: From San Francisco and India, a dance collaboration article by Deborah Jowitt on "A Slipping Glimpse", performed by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company at the "Danspace Project" at Saint Mark's Church, October 4 through 6, 2007
- Lyric Persuasions at Poets House Rae Armantrout and Zoketsu Norman Fischer discuss Michael Palmer's work as recorded by Vasiliki Katsarou at the Poet's House in the Spring of 2010
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