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Poems by Michael Miller

“I read Michael Miller’s poems with great pleasure in their accurate seeing, their assured phrasing, their true and proportionate feeling.”

—Richard Wilbur

MICHAEL MILLERS 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. Darkening the Grass, his third book, was a “Must Read 2013” selection of the Massachusetts Book Award. 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.


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Into This World (2013): Finely tuned meditations on war, nature, friends, love; cycles of light and dark, fear and hope. One must climb to get to the light; certainty is uncertain.

“No other poet I know writes so beautifully about seasoned love. His poems value clarity, understatement, love in the context of its turbulence, and the accuracy of each detail.”—Stephen Haven

(6"x9" paperback, 88 pages, ISBN: 978-1-936671-14-4, $16.00).

Lifelines (2014): Michael Miller continues to show his mastery of the human voice and heart, “the known leading to the unknown.”

(6"x9" paperback, 80 pages, ISBN: 978-1-936671-26-7, $16.00).

In the Mirror (2016): “These poems focus on the intricacies of love, family, self-awareness, and the cracks between dreams and waking life. In his percipient long poem, “A Woman Alone,” he leads us into the depths of an imaginative ninety-year-old woman as she reflects and comes to terms with her life. ”—Gary Entsminger

(6"x9" paperback, 80 pages, ISBN: 978-1-936671-39-7, $16.00).

Waking in the Dark (2019): Michael Miller’s poems focus on the intimacies and complexities of love, family, waking life, and “the space between dreams.” He continues to show in another insightful book his mastery of the human voice and heart.

(6"x9" paperback, 80 pages, ISBN: 978-1-936671-39-7, $16.00).

Entering the Day (2020): “She remembered the birds singing / In Greek, the plane trees with / Asymmetrical windows opened wide / Between their bare branches,/ The secrets she looked for in / Her father’s beard.” (from “Virginia”)

(6"x9" paperback, 80 pages, ISBN: 978-1-936671-63-2, $16.00).