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Purchase here (Middle Creek Press)
The paleos poetry project was inspired by the discovery of a number of glyphs and geometric symbols that recur in Paleolithic rock art around the world. Ice Age Europeans developed these signs over a period of 30,000 years: possible evidence of an early gesture toward formal writing. The intent here is not to define or translate artifacts of the archaic mind—even if such a thing were possible—but to illuminate a 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."
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