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How We Sleep on the Nights We Don't Make Love

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In this wide-ranging collection of lyrics, dealing with such themes as family, love, racism, and war, E. Ethelbert Miller sets his scenes against the backdrop of the stark realities of contemporary life, here and abroad. As both his love poems and political poems attest, Miller believes with full faith in the transformative powers of love and understanding. His poems on friendship and love are tender, often whimsical. His political poems are evenhanded and compassionate.

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Overview

In this wide-ranging collection of lyrics, dealing with such themes as family, love, racism, and war, E. Ethelbert Miller sets his scenes against the backdrop of the stark realities of contemporary life, here and abroad. As both his love poems and political poems attest, Miller believes with full faith in the transformative powers of love and understanding. His poems on friendship and love are tender, often whimsical. His political poems are evenhanded and compassionate.

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"On nights when we don't make love, it might be helpful to have some of E. Ethelbert Miller's alluring and captivating poems nearby. As intimate as they are seductive, come to think of it, they should be just as enticing, even on nights when we do make love."-Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

"E. Ethelbert Miller has always been a Gandhi in our national literary world, and here his poetry matures at that bloody and bluesy crossroads where all his earlier poems spent their youth, their lives: love and poltiics. These poems move like the movies and are moving, in their exacting emotional turns. They are also a great retrieval for the poetry of voice."

—Liam Rector, author of American Prodigal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931896047
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 1,223,422
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

E. Ethelbert Miller was born in New York City in 1950. Author of eight collections of poetry, he is the founder and director of the Ascension Poetry Reading Series and the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Salat
Untitled
Morning Raga
Hi J
May 26, 2002
A Portrait in Nine Lives
A Portrait of Yes in Fourteen Lines
Kiss
Bridge
What Does the E Stand for?
Car Problems
Toothpaste
Waves
Honey
Bloom
Waco, Texas
The Seduction of Light
Diva
XandO
Four Lines
Victoria Sitting in the Usdan Gallery
Las Cruces
Memory Loss
Drummers?
Space Is the Place
See
Rosa Parks dreams
Honey & Watermelons
Speechless in September
Nails
A Middle Class Algerian Woman in Paris Talks about Fashion
Throwing Stones at the Porno Star
Song for an Angel
Malik
Freedom Candy
Sister Sheba, Omar & Me
Omar and the Baby Yona
The Equator
Looking for Omar
The Cathedral of Saint Matthew
Rebecca lets down her hair
Rebecca hides her scar
Dreaming about Katherine Dunham
Bud
In A Silent Way
New York: St. Vincent's Hospital
14th Street Station
Barnes & Noble
La La La
It Must Be Lester Young
All that could go wrong
Geography
Midnight Caller
Fishing
Liberia Fever, 1877
Anna Murray Douglass
Nothing But A Man
Crosetti
A Poem For Richard
Alexander Calder (1898-1976)

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