Forever Afternoon: Poems

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Forever Afternoon demonstrates sure craftsmanship, sensitivity, and keen insight into the motivations and reactions of a variety of characters, sometimes presented with dramatic or narrative precision from their own point of view. When Adam David Miller writes from his own experience or imagination, the reader can identify with the universality of his perceptions. His lyrics are celebrations of life, a refreshing spectrum of simple and complex experience interpreted with a ...

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Overview

Forever Afternoon demonstrates sure craftsmanship, sensitivity, and keen insight into the motivations and reactions of a variety of characters, sometimes presented with dramatic or narrative precision from their own point of view. When Adam David Miller writes from his own experience or imagination, the reader can identify with the universality of his perceptions. His lyrics are celebrations of life, a refreshing spectrum of simple and complex experience interpreted with a mature wisdom. 
     Many of Miller’s poems have appeared in Neighborhood and other Poems, a chapbook, and numerous magazines and journals over the years. He is also editor of the anthology,Dices and Black Bones,and editor and publisher of Mina Press publications. Forever Afternoon is his first major collection and is the winner of the first Naomi Long Madgett Award, sponsored by the Hilton-Long Poetry Foundation.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780870133541
  • Publisher: Michigan State University Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Series: Lotus Poetry Series
  • Pages: 74
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam David Miller is a poet, writer, publisher, radio programmer, and producer. Born in South Carolina, Miller published one of the first collections of modern African-American poetry, as well as four books of poetry and a memoir about his life growing up in the Jim Crow South. For six years, Miller served on the Berkeley Arts Commission and helped inaugurate the Addison Street “Poetry Walk” in Berkeley's renovated downtown arts district. He has been a regularly featured poet on KPFA-FM radio in Northern California. Miller tought English literature and writing in the public schools and colleges in and around Berkeley, California.

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Table of Contents

Morning Mantra 1
Forever Afternoon 2
Finest Shoes 3
The Postman Rang for Us 5
My Mother Wanted Good for Me 6
La Mouche 7
Watching the Flea Circus She Thought 8
Chameleon 9
CATTALK 10
Running Away 11
In Homage to the Black Fig 12
After the Party 14
On Her Birthday 15
The Anniversary 16
Five Green Years 17
To Shiro-San on His Seventieth 18
In Memoriam: Ted Cunningham (1926-1971) 19
Praise, Praise Music 21
The Hit 23
Diane's Inn 24
In Age, One Sorrow 25
Command Performance 26
At the Park 27
The Garden 28
Limantour 29
Pt. Reyes Fault 30
Comfort Station #473-1 32
Waiting Outside the Club 34
Thoughts on the Six-Thirty A.M. Swim 35
Be My Love 37
Love Poem 38
When You Come, When Will You Come 39
For You Alone 40
A Hole in My Night 41
Stolen Peace at Windover 42
Oh to Have Loved and Lost 43
Reach Out to Touch 44
The Galileans 45
Broken Record 47
Street Scenes 1993 49
Which Cop Would Shoot a Banker? 51
Lee Undergoes the Knife 52
The Assistant 54
The Coach Resigns to Humanity 55
Jock Snifter 57
The Square Ring 59
The Bus Stops at Golden Gate Bridge for Tourists and Other Interested Persons 61
Crack in the Wall Holds Flower 62
The Bodysnatchers 63
Milk Run 64
The Obscenities 66
For the Rainbow Warrior 67
The Bright Light Searches the Heavens 68
Autumn Is by Definition Wrinkled 69
If He's Got the Time . . . . 70
One Restless Moment 73
Keeping On, with Thanks to the Bard 74
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