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The poems of this fourth collection from Wayne Miller exist in the wake of catastrophe. It is a world populated by rogue gunmen on shooting sprees, a world where the only inheritance a father has to pass on is his debt. In this world, every box could be a bomb and what comes after is what is lived. And yet, this painful past is not set in stone. The past becomes the present, yielding toward an immediate future.The collection coalesces around a series of post-elegies” written after the death of the poet’s father. Each examines loss from a new angle. In one, he drives around for four years with his father’s ashes in the trunk of his cara perfect American burial”until he brings the box to the ocean where he tumped the dust / at the lip of the waves and they swallowed it up. / It was as easy as that.” In another, the image of a blazing house in the middle of a hard freeze appears, leaving Miller to decide if his father is the house or the fire filling the house / with motion, your light opening / the rooms from the dark.” Throughout this series, Miller processes grief, but also cuts through pain to open up a way forward in the aftermath of shared loss.Wayne Miller elegantly disassembles the world around him, finding in it fresh, new meaning.Post- thrums with pathos and humor, pain and the beauty of living.
Number of Pages: 91
Sub-Genre: American / General
Author: Wayne Miller
Street Date: April 12, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-06-5678
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