"This collection of vivid, readable, enticing poems is divided into three parts: Temples, Idols, and Relics. Temples deals with acts of rebellion with a push-pull reaction to, for example, the speaker's father: 'I am still / seething because my father beat me to all / that was lovely in the mouth and well in the world.' When she views William's undershirts she reflects that 'this / is not more to me than a man I've watched from a distance.' Idols reveals an eighth grade substitute teacher who 'had / a baby, but never a husband.' Miller also gives us insight into 'Blues' music that 'don't describe our lives anymore'; a college dormitory on fire, 'white bedsheets lifting a little / before the flash.' She also sees, without straining, meaning in flowers pressed in a book, photos of her grandmother's boyfriends, and riding a swimming horse. Leslie Adrienne Miller presents a series of ordinary images which seem to roll along smoothly until, almost casually, they zap the reader with more intensity than once at first thought. She makes us see anew." (Ohioana Quarterly, Fall 1995)
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"In Leslie Adrienne Miller's fine second book, Ungodliness, we hear the voice of a woman unflinchingly coming to terms with her own experience, picking up the shards of spirit, the religious curious of our fallen age, and transforming them into art at once sensuous, personal, skeptical, and true." Edward Hirsch
"Leslie Adrienne Miller knows extraordinary secrets and tells them with searing clarity-- about how love is a necessity, a comfort, an itch and an ache, the nexus where hope and fear and the image of the self and the world come together, or (more often) fail to. These lyrical and witty poems are cunningly made, full of insight and self-knowledge, and since that self is open to unflinching honesty and a kind of vulnerable toughness, it's impossible to read them without confronting ourselves." Rosellen BrownAbout the Author:
Leslie Adrienne Miller has written three previous books of poetry. She has also won numerous awards, including an NEA Fellowship and a Loft McKnight Award. She is currently an associate professor of English at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Book Description Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 1993. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0887481736