A Place Comfortable with Fire

A Place Comfortable with Fire

by John Milkereit
A Place Comfortable with Fire

A Place Comfortable with Fire

by John Milkereit


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Milkereit explores the powerful tensions between the cynic and the romantic, revealing how these two must learn to co-exist. The cynical voice, insisting that an "orange soda contains formaldehyde," lives together with the man in love who marvels that his lover's shoulders are "two hushed magnolia petals." Of note in this collection is the sheer brilliance of Milkereit's titles. Often alluding to other famous works, his titles are so exquisitely wrought that reading the table of contents becomes a poem in and of itself. Not to be missed, A Place Comfortable with Fire is Milkereit's strongest work to date. His poems take flight like "pale green moths" escaping "a bank vault." His newest collection is "a message sent to the galaxy."

Gabrielle Langley

Author of Fairy Tale and Azaleas on Fire

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942956570
Publisher: Lamar University Literary Press
Publication date: 12/15/2022
Pages: 100
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.24(d)

About the Author

John Milkereit, originally from Chicago, currently works as a mechanical engineer for an engineering firm in Houston, Texas. He has completed a M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the Rainier Writing Workshop. His work has appeared in various literary journals including Naugatuck River Review, Panoply, San Pedro River Review, and The Ekphrastic Review. His chapbooks are Home & Away and Paying Admissions (Pudding House Press, 2010). His previous full-length collections of poetry are A Rotating Equipment Is Never Finished (Ink Brush Press, 2015) and Drive the World in a Taxicab (Lamar University Literary Press, 2018).
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