About the Book:

“There is a Wordsworthian grandeur about Michael White’s poems, a rhetorical and emotional fullness that is breathtaking. His attention to the shifting complexity of the natural world, his precise diction, his finely tuned cadences carry with them an unusual power, an immense gravity. Reading him, one feels the irresistible pull of belief in the retrievals of poetry, in the drift of language into experiences, and in the imagination as the central and most persuasive means by which we say Yes to the world.”

—Mark Strand, former Poet Laureate of the United States

“From White’s minutely observed and lyrically rendered landscapes—where vine-snarl defines the upper world and algal afterglow the lower—to his reenvisioning of the Death of Turnus from the Aeneid, Palma Cathedral traces the journey of the imagination in the face of overwhelming loss.”

—Lynne McMahon, author of Devolution of the Nude

About the Author:

Michael White was educated at the University of Missouri and the University of Utah. His poems have appeared in a variety of magazines, including the New Republic, the Paris Review, and Ploughshares. His first collection of poetry, The Island, was published in 1992, and he has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry. A recipient of fellowships from the North Carolina Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, White currently teaches at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.