The Comma after Love

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From more than nine hundred poems left behind at the poet’s death, Donald Justice has chosen the seventy-four representative works that comprise The Comma After Love: Selected Poems of Raeburn Miller: By turns rueful and amused, intimate and restrained, these poems speak movingly about the difficulties of love and faith, the pleasures of friendship and poetry, the lonliness and disappointments of the solitary life. In his introduction to this volume, Donald Justice calls Raeburn Miller ""a natural poet who found...
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Overview


From more than nine hundred poems left behind at the poet’s death, Donald Justice has chosen the seventy-four representative works that comprise The Comma After Love: Selected Poems of Raeburn Miller: By turns rueful and amused, intimate and restrained, these poems speak movingly about the difficulties of love and faith, the pleasures of friendship and poetry, the lonliness and disappointments of the solitary life. In his introduction to this volume, Donald Justice calls Raeburn Miller ""a natural poet who found writing a thing he did simply as a part, an important part, of staying alive,"" and discovers in these poems an ""expansive and unshakably romantic spirit that drives the work and in the end proves exhilarating.""
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781884836039
  • Publisher: University of Akron Press, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/1994
  • Series: Akron Series in Poetry
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Raeburn Miller was born in 1934 in Austin, Texas. He completed a BA at the University of Texas, and an MA at the University of Iowa, where he studied with Donald Justice. Miller taught in the Department of English at the University of New Orleans from 1960 until his death in 1990. Two chapbooks and one full-length collection of poems, Millenary, were published during his lifetime.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
A Translation from Memory (Baudelaire) 1
Heat 2
Midas: 3
Medusa: 6
Two Poems for Megan 8
Assignation 12
Luxe, Calme 13
The Summing Up 14
from In Memory of an Actor (I) 15
Tamed with Regret 16
Ash Wednesday 17
Portal 18
Names and Habitations 19
Journal Entry 21
Paranoia 23
The Lantern 24
Lines from a Postcard 25
Clouds and Syllables 29
1/1/- 30
Poem Instead of a Letter 32
The Right Choice 34
Storm 36
Two Fragments toward a Suicide Note 38
Final Poem for a Sequence 42
Mnemonics for a Late Spring 44
Planning Ahead 45
Ahasuerus: 46
Poets and Their Bibliographies 47
To - (after Li Shang-yin) 48
Conundrum 49
The Sake of Argument 50
Advice to the Players 51
A Red Red Rose 53
To Starve a Fever 55
Love Poem 58
On the Success of Former Students 59
After Wang Wei 60
Thus Let Thy Power 61
Decor 62
Rationale of Dissipation 63
Letter Found in a Refrigerator 64
Epistemological Epigram 65
Prose Poems 66
Convertible Invocations 69
On Millay's Translation of Baudelaire 70
Scraps 72
The Caged Cobra (after Rilke) 73
Regimen 74
Revisions 75
For a Saint 76
Dispositions 77
For Donald Justice (after Li Po) 78
A Curse from Propertius 79
Pensees 80
Gulf Breeze (after Mallarme) 81
Peptides 82
Q.E.D. 83
Triptych 84
Epitaph (after the Greek) 85
A Soliloquy for Seraphia 86
Song 87
Depression 88
Expectancy 89
Philistia 90
As You Say 92
An Eventual Elegy 93
Recalling Cottonwoods 94
High Five 95
News Photo 96
Rewriting Another's Draft 97
The Nudist in Drag 98
On Teaching Another's Keats Assignment 99
The Shape of Things 100
Vitals 102
Some Sums 103
Index of Titles and First Lines 109
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