Michael Palma will be reading a selection of his poems – poems about cats who “love themselves with your hand,” pigs who “grunt and root in (their) tight little shoes,” poems about dancing: “offer a hip to the air, flip and revolve. Rain in your fingertips…”and poems that challenge the norms: “Respect the setters of standards, the justifiers, whose reasons are the same as their desires.” Get ready for a new look at weather, war, love and so much more from this poet’s unique perspective.
Palma has published four collections of verse: The Egg Shape, Antibodies, A Fortune in Gold, and Begin in Gladness. His poetry has also been anthologized in Penguin’s Unsettling America: An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry. When not writing his own poetry, he translates the work of renowned Italian poets–eighteen volumes, including a fully rhymed version of Dante’s Inferno–for which he has won international awards. Other than translations, his most recent book is Faithful in My Fashion: Essays on the Translation of Poetry.. He lives with his wife in Bellows Falls, Vermont.