The Palace of Unbearable Feeling by Anne Riesenberg

Cover photograph: Anne Riesenberg


Palace of Unbearable Feeling

Poetry by Anne Riesenberg


Equally resonant as visual chants or textual mandalas, these 18 poems emerge from the international lineage of concrete poetry. Written during the pandemic in response to prolonged isolation and the perils of a world on tilt, The Palace Of Unbearable Feeling explores the materiality of language while addressing personal and collective issues of loss, right action, consciousness, and possible avenues of renewal. Built as verbal-aural-visual stimulants, the resulting multivalent constructions present a variety of opportunities for contemplation..

Praise for The Palace of Unbearable Feeling

“The simplicity and symmetry of Anne Riesenberg’s visual poems are at once quiet and compelling. Each poem creates its own vibrant, vibrating world, even as it contributes another facet to the collection as a whole. The aphoristic compression and rhythmic resonance of Riesenberg’s patterned texts brings to mind the art of Bashō, Jenny Holzer, and Sol Lewitt, and rings with the echoing beauty of tower bells.”

–Susan Lewis, winner of the Washington Prize for Zoom, and editor-in-chief of Posit

About the Author

Anne Riesenberg is a writer, photographer and Five-Element acupuncturist living in Newcastle, Maine. A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, her work can be found in Pleiades, Rogue Agent, Posit, Heavy Feather Review, The New Guard’s BANG!, What Rough Beast and elsewhere. Winner of Blue Mesa Review’s Nonfiction and Storm Cellar’s Force Majeure contests, she holds an MFA from Lesley University.