The paleos poetry project was inspired by the discovery that a number of distinct glyphs and geometric symbols recur in Paleolithic rock art around the world. Ice Age Europeans developed these signs over a period of 30,000 years: possible evidence of the first gesture toward a formal system of writing. The intent of the poems is not to define or translate these artifacts of archaic mind—even if such a thing were possible—but to illuminate the shared hem of being.
"Radical kennings meld the bodies—'crowberries,' 'marmotpaw,'
'winterhoney,' 'mountainclad,'—while echoic structures of twinned forms draw the eye to the line. 'Of ash javelins/no need/for horizon watching/the eggshell starmap/finds the troves.' Holmgren’s p a l e o s startles us awake."
— Matthew Cooperman
"In these poems, Holmgren sends us back to memories etched into the rock and elements. These are incantations that invite us to commune with the primitive pastoral."