Yesterday Had a Man in It

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Leslie Adrienne Miller's poems are tickets to some fascinating places-- scary, fantastic places like Indonesia and Berlin and Zanesville, Ohio; the riot-torn country of adolescence; the tough villages of family and friendship; and, again and again, the dark, trackless, lovely forests of desire. Writing utterly from within her own skin, from her specific heart housed in her exact, particular bones, she's a poet also and absolutely of the larger world, of foreign places, foreign tongues, and she writes about the ...
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Overview

Leslie Adrienne Miller's poems are tickets to some fascinating places-- scary, fantastic places like Indonesia and Berlin and Zanesville, Ohio; the riot-torn country of adolescence; the tough villages of family and friendship; and, again and again, the dark, trackless, lovely forests of desire. Writing utterly from within her own skin, from her specific heart housed in her exact, particular bones, she's a poet also and absolutely of the larger world, of foreign places, foreign tongues, and she writes about the other as intimately as if she shared its blood.
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Andrea H. Buddy
Yesterday Had a Man In It is Leslie Adrienne Miller's third volume of poetry. The book's 37 poems are as compelling as its title. The title poem, exemplary of many in the volume, invites the reader to enter it. "How many times might it happen/ in one woman's life," Miller asks, that a man "shows her/ ...something about which he has a story?" Then the poet draws for us the possibilities-- "it could ... have been/ a raw landscape, a yellow mountain/ of rocks flat and clinking like plates..." -- and finally she brings us to that familiar moment when something the man does changes us . . . . Many of Miller's poems explore this familiar, human terrain that only poetry seems to be able to expose satisfactorily. In "Warts," she says, "For months I tried to hide what I grew/ in the dark garrison of my childhood." The poem goes on to expose the common, rarely spoken fear shared by most adolescent girls that in them "nothing fair, pure/ or girl enough to be loved/ could ever grow." These are mature, engaging, valuable poems."
Minnesota Literature
"This collection reveals a poet at the height of her talents. In "Babes in Toyland," a poem written about a concert in Loring Park, she wistfully examines the young women dancing in disheveled clothes and dye-streaked hair, contemplating their movements, their open-faced anger and their cultivated look of abandon. In "The Small Streets of Ubud," she describes rice terraces and ritual, evoking Balinese women at work on their "sprigs of tribute" to the gods. Self-aware and often rife with self-mockery, her poems bring us straight to the center of the scene at hand, enlivening it with a voice that is unafraid and full of hope."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887482717
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Pages: 88
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Appasionato 9
Babes in Toyland 10
Rite of Winter 13
Pandare 16
A Connect the Dots Picture 18
Kebyar Trompong 20
Household Shrines 21
Getting the Naughty Bits of Bahasa Indonesia 23
At the Bandung Emergency Room 25
Autumnal 27
Picture Hat 29
Lawn Ornaments 32
Dark Year With Flowers 34
Past Perfect 35
Whale Watching 39
Valediction for an Itinerant Lover 41
When Hope Goes to Hug Me 43
Yesterday Had a Man in It 45
Mermaid in the U-Bahn Station 47
Glimpse of Germania Near Teufelsberg 49
My Mother Watches Me Until the Train Comes In 51
Your Window on the Wannsee is Closed 54
My Father's Socks Go Abroad 56
The Small Streets of Ubud 58
Asia 59
The Keening 61
Gacela of Departed Love 64
The Suit 65
Temporary Services 67
Warts 72
Deutscher Kaffee 74
Blood Oranges 76
Berlin Hinterhofe 78
Die Aufklarung 80
Macet 81
Last Year Buddhas Were Big 83
When I Come Home From Asia We Are All Hungry 85
Notes on the Poems 87
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