August Zero

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Press: Copper Canyon Press (October 1, 1993)
Author Name:Miller, Jane

From Library Journal

Miller reaches for the unusual phrase, the non sequitur, but her subjects are traditional--love and the possibilities of language: "now when the firemen put out the stars I think of it,.../ it showed me how exhausted we had been, touching language/directly." Such incongruity is a theme as well as a symptom, particularly with respect to the poet in contemporary life: "You live in a sunny place/ and work in a sealed building. 
10 mph on Interstate 405/by 2000.
The twentieth century, begun in Vienna, has ended/ in California./...
gas meters on your left and electric meters on your right." Dailiness fills a hot, mountainous desert with scud missiles, helicopters, and environmental disasters, a psychological landscape in which the world's anxiety is juxtaposed with bits of the speaker's sexual life to create a dry, disembodied eroticism.
Miller's ambition is admirable, but her attempts to arrive at a new language can leave the reader stranded.
For sophisticated collections.- Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York ReligionCopyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.


Adoration Art History Beauty Blanks For New Things The Butane Egg By Nature Caliente Cast From Heaven Countryside Coupling Desert Abstract The Enchanted Forest Experience Exposure False Gods Figure Foundered Star The General's Briefing God From A Machine The Healing Fountains The Impossible Innocence Into A Space My Time Has Gone Lucky Pierre's Marin Headlands More Or Less A Sorrow New Body On The Island Orbitless Poetry Point Of Departure Screening Sonnet Against Nuclear Weapons Tucson Moon Turning Over The Earth With The World -- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jane Miller is the author of eight previous books of poetry and essays. 
She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award.
She lives in Tucson and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Arizona, having served as the program's director 1999-2003.


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