MICHAEL MILLER has published nine collections of poems, the most recent of which is Waking In The Dark. His first book The Joyful Dark, was the Editor’s Choice winner of The McGovern Prize at Ashland Poetry Press. His poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Sewanee Review, The New Republic, The American Scholar, Ontario Review, The Southern Review, Raritan, and The Yale Review. His poem, “The Different War,” was the 2014 First Prize Winner of the W.B. Yeats Society Poetry Award and was anthologized in Yeats 150 (Lilliput Press, Dublin). Born in 1940, Michael Miller lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.
May 2, 2020—A Word’s Worth Review: “Miller’s accounts of servicemen during several wars are the most arresting poems in this volume ... Miller does not leave readers suspended with dark reflections and redeems his experiences with a more hopeful poem where “he strides through the surprise / Of an unswept morning / On a shoulder of Nauset Beach” ... Miller at his lyrical best, counteracting the darkness of war and old age with his insightful voice and an undaunted heart. ... This poet is not without humor and is capable of a comfortable irony when he encounters a street person, “In July, her hair a tangled nest / No bird would return to” ... Miller’s poem about Virginia Woolf shows that he can achieve that which he believes Virginia was capable of: “… her words / Were meant to be elsewhere, / In perfect sentences she could control.” That capability is shown throughout this volume, Miller’s meditations emerging with crafted control over his phrasing.” Read the Review