Post-: Poems

Post-: Poems

by Wayne Miller


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The poems of this fourth collection from Wayne Miller exist in the wake of catastrophe, thrumming with pathos and humor, pain and the beauty of living.

Post- coalesces around three primary occurrences: the birth of a child, the death of a father, and the seeming explosion of sociohistorical and political conflict and violence over the past fifteen years. Its world is one populated by rogue gunmen on shooting sprees, where the only inheritance a father has to pass on is his debt, where a car left in an airport parking lot and the coffee cup inside are more immediate presences of the dead. Young rioters leave chaos behind each evening, returning home to watch themselves on the evening news. The unzipping of snow from train tracks evokes the surgery of a family member. Lovers, drinking wine and rowing on a lake, find joy within and without a system that sees them only as consumers.

Beginnings and endings, loss and rebirth, body and spirit: in Post- , Miller processes grief, but also cuts through pain, gorgeously and heartbreakingly, to open up a way forward. Winter permeates these poems—and yet spring is always beckoning in the next.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781571314703
Publisher: Milkweed Editions
Publication date: 04/12/2016
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,196,470
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Wayne Miller is the author of three previous collections of poetry: The City, Our City , The Book of Props , and Only the Senses Sleep. He’s also a cotranslator of two books from the Albanian poet Moikom Zeqo and a coeditor of three books, including New European Poets with Kevin Prufer and Literary Publishing in the Twenty-First Century with Travis Kurowski and Kevin Prufer. The recipient of the Bess Hokin Prize, the George Bogin Award, and a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, as well as a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award and the Rilke Prize, Miller teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he edits Copper Nickel.

Table of Contents

The Debt 3

Post-Elegy 5

Swallows 7

The First Year 9

Inside the Book 11

The People's History 13

House Near the Airport 16

Consumers in Rowboat 18

Post-Elegy 21

Marriage 25

The Next Generation 26

The Mind Sliding 28

Leaving the Hospital 30

A Bit about the Soul 32

The Affair 33

Prayers (w/Answers) 34

Report from the Provinces 37

Image: Postmodernity 39

Post-Elegy 40

On Language 41

A Breath in the Record 47

Allegory of the House 55

Post-Elegy 57

Landings 60

Ballad (American, 21st Century) 69

Hoax Bomb 71

Some Notes on Human Relations 73

Image: Psychotherapy 76

21st Century Museum 77

For Harper, 20 Months Old 79

Allegory of the Boat 81

Post-Elegy 84

On Breathing 86

Envoi 89

Notes 91

Acknowledgments 93

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