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About the Author

Robert Miltner: Robert Miltner, author of the prize-winning collection of prose poetry, Hotel Utopia, was born in Cleveland, Ohio, 1949. Miltner holds a doctoral degree in English from Kent State University, and is an associate professor of English at Kent State. Also, he is a faculty member at Northeast Ohio MFA Creative Writing Consortium since 2006. He is a three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, and winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Award for his work titled, Against the Simple.

Contributor Previous Works
Poetry Chapbooks:
Imperative, 2010
Fellow Traveler, 2007
Rock the Boat, 2005
Greatest Hits: 1987-2002, 2004
A Box of Light, 2002
On the Off-Ramp, 1996
Against the Simple, 1995
The Seamless Serial Hour, 1993
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Product Details

  • Series: Many Voices Project (Book 123)
  • Paperback: 77 pages
  • Publisher: New Rivers Press (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898232554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898232554
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,980,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spearfish on April 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
In Hotel Utopia, Robert Miltner tells beautiful stories and explores a wide range of human questions. Miltner's subjects span the mundane to the spiritual. His poems are meaningful because they capture our world as bracing animal experience, as man's tragedies and triumphs, and as the joy of a transcendent spirit. Miltner reminds us that we are not separate from our environment, one another, our emotions, and the highest mysteries of life. Ultimately, the poems remind us to widen the lens through which we see the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Nix on March 6, 2012
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Poetry seems to scare a lot of people, but Hotel Utopia is a collection of the kind of poetry that allows people to see poetry as a versatile and accessible art form. The poems in this collection are presented in a prose format and read like vignettes, so a reader can absorb one poem, put the book down, and return without fighting to find their place again. The poet tackles serious as well as humorous subject matter, so a reader can pick and choose which poems suit their needs. Adding to this level of easy understanding for readers is the image rich text within the collection. Rather than aiming over readers' heads with abstract thought, Milton leaves them with beautiful images that stick in the mind. There is something to be said, also, about the way the text is presented on the page. It is refreshing to see poems presented for their content, without typeface frills and jumping text. The power of a poem lies in its precise words, not in its visual effect, and this collection stays true to that idea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tributarian on March 5, 2012
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Hotel Utopia offers a fresh, breezy approach to modern prose poetry. Busting out of the formal and traditional conventions that, at times, leave poetry to those in lofty ivory towers, Robert Miltner manages to open his literary arms in an approachable form. Akin to the style of his contemporary Billy Collins, Miltner plays upon words and images that breach the gap between visual art and the written word. His word choice and poetic pacing vary throughout the book ranging from a sugary smoothness of molasses in July to an airy tap dance of well-choreographed imagery and timing. Miltner also keeps his readers hooked by engaging them in culturally relevant and iconic mediums, spiked with moments of subtle, but specific humor. In "You Know What They Say about Pears," Miltner personifies the life of a pear, poking fun at its shortcomings and suggesting alternate lives for what a pear would aspire to. This collection of poems is sure to leave even the most poemophobic reader with a tangy taste and wanting another night in this hotel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By johnsmicha on February 23, 2012
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Robert Milton's latest collection of prose, poems and short stories, Hotel Utopia, is a raw undertaking rich in minimalistic imagery and beat-style loneliness.
Channeling Kerouac, Ginsberg and Cassady, Milton gives us the threadbare image of an event with one sentence, and then slashes the page with dramatic pictures that ooze and drip with detail in the next. Throughout this vibrant and pulsing work are motifs of alienation, loss, love and revolution, themes that pour forth with a jarring sense of intimacy from Milton's heart and mind. Each page is literally a different story, and the reader is taken from a passionate, alcohol-involved tryst to a remote village and its grim realities. However, the reader is never displaced from the feel of the piece and we are engaged throughout.
Though at times the poetic language feels somewhat forced and intentionally vague, Hotel Utopia is a worthy read for anyone interested in what happens when a sharp, restless mind attacks the loneliest urban and rural landscapes with prose and feeling.
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