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Mon 5 May 2008, 1:00pm–2:00pm

Where: City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, Wellington

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

“One of America's most important poets . . . startlingly lyrical and visceral” — The Harvard Review

The legendary San Francisco poet Michael Palmer will be giving one public presentation on a brief visit to Wellington.

Michael Palmer is associated with a generation of poets which includes Robert Creeley, Robert Duncan, and Clark Coolidge – “poets working in the dark, and at the margins” – and with the LANGUAGE poets. Even more, he is celebrated for his own expressive lyrics. His poems are among the most beautiful written in the last 50 years – both resisting meaning and finding new ways to bring it into being.

He is also well known as a translator from French, Russian and Portuguese, and for his collaborative work with dancers and artists.

Michael Palmer is travelling to Wellington to meet with students in Victoria University’s creative writing programme.

At City Gallery, he will read from his work and be in conversation with Bill Manhire.