The Age of Discovery (Paperback)

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The Age of Discovery (Paperback)


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Alan Michael Parker’s latest collection, The Age of Discovery, is a work of enduring beauty, filled with his signature tenderness and surprise. Parker’s interests range from the Psalms to the Internet, from a woman stepping out her window to die to two men trying to learn how to live as they argue in a row-boat. With an eye on some of the greatest love poets (Amichai, Mistral, Neruda), Parker delivers a collection deep in empathy, rigorously attentive, and formally inventive.
ALAN MICHAEL PARKER is the author or editor of eighteen books, including three collections of poems with Tupelo Press as well as four novels; He teaches at Davidson College and in the University of Tampa’s low-residency M.F.A. program.
Product Details ISBN: 9781946482396
ISBN-10: 1946482390
Publisher: Tupelo Press
Publication Date: October 1st, 2020
Pages: 78
Language: English
The Age of Discovery is a devastating take on the ways we stave off panic. Mythic, precise as a statistician, Alan Michael Parker eyes the virtual data, “bottomless as coffee”; the culture, on the cusp of cancellation. (“I love you more with every hit,” he writes, both acknowledgment and threat.) Parker lays bare the limits of nostalgia, where “the boarded-up video store / makes sadness look pretty”—the farce that art transforms, and the truth of it, too. In The Age of Discovery, Alan Michael Parker, line by startling line, has written a wry, deeply humane collection for our uncivil age.

—Randall Mann

With The Age of Discovery, Alan Michael Parker locates a new register. Throughout this collection are poems that resonate with humor blending through heartbreak, that sound this poet’s singular voice, and that, ultimately, sustain with Parker’s signature, enviable imagination.

—Jon Pineda, Little Anodynes and Let’s No One Get Hurt