In all my books my father dies is a single poem-sculpt of fifty pages. 17 books provide the source material; all were published in Luke’s birth year – 1984. Using only words from the page numbers that correspond to his date of birth, Luke sculpts a parallel autobiography.
Palmer sculpts new work out of the delightfully varied source material to create something stark and beautiful, here, shot through with the most unexpected images and juxtapositions. In all my books my father dies is powerfully inventive in a way that feels participatory for the reader – that thrill of discovery, that moment where things click and the process becomes something like divination. This simultaneously lets us into the technique while giving us a remarkably consistent, melancholic and entrancing authorial voice. A must read.