The Messier Objects are a catalogue of astronomical bodies discovered and published by Charles Messier in 1771. In this new collection of poems, Michael Zand re-frames these objects as totemic symbols that celebrate the creative and social diversity of the human experience. The Messier Objects are thus meditations on the colour and complexity of the universe, and a rejection of a perceived drift towards cultural polarisation, simplification and standardisation. Out now on Shearsman.
A launch will be held at Swedenborg Hall, 20/21 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2TH on Monday 12th October at 7.30pm. The event itself is part of the Shearsman series, and Michael will be reading with Abdulkareem Kasid (with John Welch) and Anthony Caleshu. The readings are free to attend and there will be drinks.