Misty Valley Books Hosts Poetry Discussions With Michael Palma

Michael Palma, returning to Misty Valley Books on the Green in Chester, will consider the poetry of Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop on four Wednesday evening. The series, beginning September 30, is entitled The Art of Losing. The free sessions will begin at 7 p.m.

Palma, an acclaimed poet and translator, led the discussions of Robert Frost's poetry at Misty Valley Books in the summer of 2007 in a four-week series called Frost in July, and last fall took all comers on a tour of hell with Dante's Inferno, a subject with which Palma is especially conversant as he has done a brilliant translation, published by W. W. Norton. And last spring, Palma talked about Emily Dickinson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Edwin Arlington Robinson, and his own poetry.

This time, the series will feature readings from and discussions of the work of Robert Lowell and his friend Elizabeth Bishop.

Palma's own poetry has appeared in numerous periodicals and anthologies. He has been awarded prizes for his translations from the Academy of American Poets and Columbia University He has collaborated with the National Endowment for the Arts and has written several teacher and reader guides for the NEA's Big Read program.

He is also an essayist, editor, critic and translator of other Italian poets, and his Inferno translation was reisssued last year as a handsome Norton Critical Edition paperback.

He lives with his wife, Victoria, in Bellows Falls.

The public is encouraged to attend all the sessions, but everyone is welcome at any of the evenings. Books are available for sale at the bookstore.

For more information call Misty Valley Books at 875-3400 or visit www.mvbooks.com.

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