A Palace of Pearls

A Palace of Pearls

by Jane Miller

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ISBN-13: 9781619320505
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 12/11/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 96
File size: 356 KB

About the Author

Jane Miller is the author of eight previous books of poetry and essays. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award. She lives in Tucson and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Arizona, having served as the program's director 1999-2003.

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A Palace of Pearls 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
dawnpen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A Palace of Pearls is based upon the Middle Age Arab kingdom of Al-Andalus which was a pleasure palace/fortress ("a model for ethnic tolerance") that fell during the Spanish inquisition. Jane uses it as a political and aesthetic architecture in order to investigate our current political crises(eh) and personal notions of the past and present.Miller also follows Federico García Lorca¿s relationship to these Moorish legends, and the politics that led to his assassination. Jane does create an almost physical stride through the book. There's an exertion that puts a lot of pressure on the reader. To a fault I think. No meditation. No stopping for anything. Jane does not dwell in these poems, she doesn't live in the architecture she works so hard to create (or re-create or whatever). She's just continuously toppling and rebuilding these instances, sort of turning them into steam. But steam does not a poem make. So ehh. Two stars.