In the Scaffolding

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Readers and critics who warmed to the fine intelligence of his debut collection will be astonished and delighted to see how much Eric Miller has matured as a poet in the six years since Song of the Vulgar Starling first appeared in 1999. In the beautifully constructed and perceptive poems of his new collection, In the Scaffolding, Miller moves fluidly from one delight to another. Fatherhood and the imagined world of the infant, the overabundant complexity of Nature, the mind's endless curiosity, and the inner ...

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Overview

Readers and critics who warmed to the fine intelligence of his debut collection will be astonished and delighted to see how much Eric Miller has matured as a poet in the six years since Song of the Vulgar Starling first appeared in 1999. In the beautifully constructed and perceptive poems of his new collection, In the Scaffolding, Miller moves fluidly from one delight to another. Fatherhood and the imagined world of the infant, the overabundant complexity of Nature, the mind's endless curiosity, and the inner life of birds are just some of the topics that fall under the lens of this versatile and vibrant poet.

Governor General's Award nominee Lynn Davies says that Miller's work shows "how words can move us into the process of recognition." With his long, floating rhapsodic sentences and exquisite metaphorical structures, Miller has often been compared with the great Romantic poet Shelley. Certainly few writers today can match his gifts for expressive language and surprising poetic rhythms.

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"Miller speaks in poetry. . . the words he uses, the way he connects them, is the language of a poet. . . He absorbs, ponders, then conveys his thoughts." — Victoria Times-Colonist

"Eric Miller's poetry is pointedly, challengingly intellectual and philosophical. . . . Clearly, Miller's gone to school with Don McKay and Jan Zwicky — or maybe Wallace Stevens and G.M. Hopkins . . . Miller's unafraid to use the difficult word . . . [his] verse demands close reading, but it repays exponentially. . . In the Scaffolding sets erudition and cognition beautifully unfolding." — Chronicle Herald

"A remarkable new book . . . In its energetic and innovative beauty, the poetry of In the Scaffolding is worthy of the important issues it addresses . . . the poetry gives the substantiation of a deeply explored and poetically reconstituted life." — Books in Canada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780864924254
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: No ediion
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 93
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Miller is a professor of 18th-century literature at the University of Victoria and a poetry editor at The Malahat Review, having studied at universities in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia. He is a polymath, with fluency in a number of languages, a thorough knowledge of Latin and classical history, a detailed knowledge of the biological science of birds, and an astonishing breadth of reading in a variety of literary traditions. He is a also recipient of The Fiddlehead's Ralph Gustafson Prize for Poetry and the Academy of American Poets Prize from the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Late in the season yet another defence of nature writing 13
The question 14
In the scaffolding 15
Ducks 17
The web 18
The stinger 19
Voices 20
Swan speech 21
The woodlot, Fredericton 23
Cryptogamia 25
Theodicy in New Brunswick 28
Celestial navigators 30
March forest 32
Winter wren and spring rain 34
Rain after clear 36
History of petals 37
Jupiter the woodpecker 38
Bushtits 39
Lagoon 41
Sleep sink 45
Sunday afternoon 46
Colborne Street 48
The tongue 50
The bluffs 51
The beaverpond 52
The outcrop 54
Night park 59
Cara 61
Deliverance 63
Holotype 64
Hortus Botanicus 66
Gorgias the magician 69
Styx 71
No memory of pleasure imprisons 73
Wrong 75
Hunted 77
Thaw 78
A baby's bent head 83
Rock, ball 84
Reading 86
September in Uplands Park 87
Wading Willows Beach 88
Primaries 90
Pointer 91
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