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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Press 53 (March 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979304997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979304996
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,794,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joseph Mills, who seems to have kindred spirits in Billy Collins and Robert Frost takes on the business of making the connections between wine and the rest of life and making the words sing in the process.
- Lynn Hoffman, author The New Short Course in Wine
 
In writing about wine, Joe's sensitivity, humility, creativity, and imagery are perhaps the closest I've come to experiencing wine, without actually drinking it.
- Nikitas Magel from VintnerReviews
 
This brilliantly written body of work had us laughing out loud,
realizing that Joseph's razor-sharp wit and wisdom
was more than what the doctor ordered...
It was insightful, inspirational, and extremely well written entertainment. 
- Jo Diaz, wine writer --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Joseph Mills doesn't remember specific wines as much as he does the people and places involved with drinking them:   the Bordeaux studio apartment where he shared cheap bottles (and a few expensive ones) with the woman who would become his wife; Clos Pegase in Napa where his six year old niece watched him fixedly because, as she explained, "I heard drinking makes people go crazy," the back garden at Brittany where he has listened to his in-laws sing old Breton songs for hours. Many of the poems in this collection originated as he and his wife, Danielle Tarmey, researched A Guide to North Carolina's Wineries (John F. Blair).   He also has published five books of poetry with Press 53. Currently he teaches at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where he holds an endowed chair, the Susan Burress Wall Distinguished Professorship in the Humanities.
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Hoffman, author:Radiation Days: A Comedy VINE VOICE on December 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
Everybody who enjoys wine often enough and long enough ends up being something of a poet. Winedrinkers just naturally seem to connect each facet of the splendor in the glass with everything in their universe. This is a reaction that's only occasionally provoked by beer and not at all by spirits.
What's up here? Is it the way wine focuses the attention as its flavors unfold? Is it wine's curious ability to provoke the appetite as it quenches thirst? Is it the twelve per cent alcohol? Maybe it's the way that winemaking has of reminding us of ourselves, of seasons and aging, hopes and rituals.
Given the poetifacient nature of wine it's surprising that there's not much wine poetry, at least not poetry on paper and without slightly slurred speech. Joseph Mills, who seems to have kindred spirits in Billy Collins and Robert Frost takes on the business of making the connections between wine and the rest of life and making the words sing in the process.
From the way microscopic debris in the champagne glass provides the birthplace of bubbles, Mills finds praise for our impurities, hoping that they make us sparkle. From the champagne flute molded from Marie Antoinette's breast, he fantasizes drinking-each of us-from the shapes of our beloveds. In his tiny daughter's mimicry of his behavior with a wine glass, he conjures the hundred fears that parents live with and reminds every parent of the fears they live with.
A few of these poems are startling, more tell truths that we may have forgotten. One or two, like The Ordinaries and Riddle are heartbreaking: some others like American Beaujolais are wry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Minor on October 5, 2009
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My wife and have bought many copies of this book to give as presents. It contains many sweet smiles, several chuckles and a couple of guffaws. Get a copy for yourself and you'll find it living in your Amazon cart. "The Good Nights" was featured on "The Writer's Almanac" on July 24, 2008.
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More About the Author

Like Scout in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Joe Mills doesn't remember learning to read. It's an ability he always seems to have had. As a child, he hauled around a Falstaff beer case full of comic books on his family's frequent travels. Now, he always carries a bag of books on trips. These usually go unopened because he ends up reading (and buying) what he finds on his journeys. He knows traveling would be much easier if he didn't carry the bag, but he can't bring himself to leave it behind. He currently lives in Winston-Salem where, to make his problem less obvious, he has divided his library among several locations, including his house, car, office and classroom at the UNC School of the Arts.