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If I Had Wheels or Love: Collected Poems of Vassar Miller Paperback – 1991


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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press; 1 edition (1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870743163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870743160
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,173,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A steadfastly religious poet, Miller ( Approaching Nada ) perceives God everywhere, a spiritual companion whose presence sometimes nurtures and sometimes debilitates. God is "At a Child's Baptism," holding the baby in His arms. In "A Dream from the Dark Night," however, He refuses to break the unbearable silence of a woman's loneliness. As He Himself explains in "Thus Saith the Lord to the New Theologians," no matter what happens, "God is on the spot. / In all the murkiness, in all the splendor / God is involved, and so says God, 'So what?' " Like Emily Dickinson, Miller makes contact with immortality through her trenchant faith, yet cannot help questioning God's ways, beholding as she does the "absolute" sorrow of each human life. Also like Dickinson, Miller stretches the possibilities of language, twisting syntax and bending meaning to better convey the sacred vastness of her consciousness. Unfortunately, she sometimes sacrifices clarity of vision to the novelty of metaphor and wordplay. Overall, however, Miller's poems give deep insight into the spirituality of our mortal lives.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Abstinence
Accepting
Acknowledgement
Adam's Footprint
Addict
Admission
Adoration
Affinity
After A Blackness
After A Brief Visit
After A Recital Of Emily Dickenson Set To Music
After Guyana
After Reading Of Helen Keller
Against Daylight Saving Time
Age Of Aquarius, Age Of Assassins
Alternatives
And
Another Day
Another Sleep Poem
Apology
Approaching Nada: 1
Approaching Nada: 2
Approaching Nada: 3
Approaching Nada: 4
Approaching Nada: 5
As Usual
Assertion
At A Child's Baptism
An Athenian Reminisces
Aubade
Aubade
Autumnal Spring Songs
Awkward Goodbyes
Bach
Bagatelle
Ballad Of The Unmiraculous Miracle
Ballade Of Blind Alleys
Beat Poem By An Academic Poet
Bedtime Prayer
Belated Lullaby
Beside A Deathbed
Bethlehem Outcast
Bike Ride
Birthday Card To Myself
Bitter Song
Bitterness
Bout With Burning
Bread-and-butter Letter Not Sent
Breakthrough
Brief Victory
Brute Fact
By Way Of Explanation
Cacophony
The Calling Of The Names
Carmel: Impression
Carol Of Brother Ass
Casual
The Cat
Caught In The Act
Ceremony
Change
Christmas In Dark Times
Christmas Mourning
Christopher
Church In Heidelberg
Cologne Cathedral
Columbus Dying
Coming Home
Commital
The Common Core
Comparisons
Complaint
Confession At A Friends' Meeting
Conquered
A Consolation
Consolations Of Relativity
Contemplative
Contingencies
Crone's Cradle-song
Culture Shock
Cycle
Dark Cycle
Dark Mother
The Darkness At Noonday
De Profundis
Death Song
December Afternoon
Decision
Defense Rests
Delayed Gratitude
Demon Child
The Descent
Dialogue On Dire Possibilities
Diary
Dining Room Eucharist
Dirge In Jazz Time
Disgusted
Dramatic Monologue In The Speaker's Own Voice
A Dream From The Dark Night
Dry Season
Dubious Advantage
A Duller Moses
Each After Its Own Kind
Easte Eve: A Fantasy
Ecclesiastes The Second
Eden Revisited
Elegy
Elegy For A Good Ole Boy
Elegy For Judith Resnick
Elegy For Nina
Elegy Long Time In The Making
Elusive
Embarrassed
Emily Dickenson Comes To The Dinner Party
Encounter
The End And The Beginning
Enlightened Selfishness
Entreaty
Entry For A Summer Day
Epitaph For A Cripple
Epithalamium
An Essay In Criticism By Way Of Rebuttal
Evensong
Every Damn Time
Exercise In Remembering
Exile
Exorcism
Faintly And From Far Away
Fait Accompli
Fall
Fantasia
Fantasy On The Resurection
The Farm
Faux Pas
Fiat
The Final Hunger
First Snow In Ten Years
For A Bereaved Father
For A Christening
For A Dog
For A Senile Woman
For A Spiritual Mentor
For Helen On Her Birthday
For Honesty
For Instruction
For One Long Dead
For Stringless Love
From An Old Maid
The Ghostly Beast
A Gift For God
Good Counsel, Rarely Heeded
The Grace Of Remembrance
Hats
Haunt
The Healing Light
Heritage
High Noon
Holy Week
Homecoming Blues
Honest Confession
Hope
Hot Air
How Far?
Hunger
Hurricane Watch
If Beauty Be In The Eye Of The Beholder's Eye: An Elegy
If I Had Wheels Or Love
Impasse
Improvisation
In A Land Of Indistinct Seasons
In Consolation
In Faith
In Love
In Our Quiet Neighborhoods: 1
In Our Quiet Neighborhoods: 2
In Our Quiet Neighborhoods: 3
In The Fullness Of Time
Incantation With A Camera
Incognito
Indigo Ending
The Inescapable Day
Insomniac's Prayer
Interim
Introduction To A Poetry Reading
Inviolate
Invitation
Invocation
Invocation
Invocation To Bacchus Grown Old
The Irresistable
Isn't This A Dainty Dish?
The Jolly Green Giant
Joyful Prophecy
Judas
Lady Of Leisure
Lament
Leave-taking
A Lesson In Detachment
Letter To Friends Dead Living: 1
Letter To Friends Dead Living: 2
Letter To Friends Dead Living: 3
Letter To Friends Dead Living: 4
Letter To Friends Dead Living: 5
Letters To A Young Girl Considering A Religious Vocation: 1
Letters To A Young Girl Considering A Religious Vocation: 2
Liebestod
Light Poem
Light Reading
Listening To Rain At Night
The Logic If Silence
Loneliness
Long Song Minus Words And Music
Love Song
Love Song For Easter Even
Love Song For The Future
Love Song Out Of Nothing
Love's Bitten Tongue
Love's Eschatology
Love's Risk
Lullaby After Christmas
Lullaby For A Grown Man
Lullaby For My Mother
Lying In Bed Late
Made Flesh
The Magnitude Of Zero
Mardi Gras Morning
May Mourning January
Me And Schweitzer
Meditation
Meditation After A Death
Meditation After An Interview
Meditation At A Funeral
Meditation For Mortality
Memento Mori
Message From A Burning Bush
Metamorphoses
Minor Miner
Minor Revelation
Mirror For A Lady
Mistaken
Modesty
Morning Person
A Mourning
A Mourning For Miss Rose
Mrs. Lot
My Bones Being Wiser
Naming What We Love
Nervous Night
The New Icarus
No Going Away Gift
No Hiding Place
No Return
Note Of Apology To Medea
Note To The Reader
Now You See Me, Now...
Nuptial Benediction
Oblation
The Oddballs
Offering: For All My Loves
Old Dog
Old Man
On A Weekend In September
On Approaching My Birthday
On Finding An Old Snapshot
On Hanukkah
On Not Making A Retreat
On Opening One Eye
On Receiving A Philosopher's Autograph
On The Examination Table
The One Advantage
The One Thing Needful
Open Question
Or As Gertrude Stein Says
Origin
Paradox
Peril
The Perpetual Penitent
Philosophy Of Time
Pigrim Song
Pigself
Pilgim Perplexed
Pontius Pilate Discusses The Proceedings Of The Last Judgeme
Poor Relations
Portrait Of A Lady Playing Tit For Tat
Post-christmas Prayer
Posthumous Letter To Thomas Merton
Prayer Agaist Two Perils
A Prayer For Prayer
Prayer To My Muse
Prayer Upon Waking
Precision
Promise
Protest
The Protestant Cemetery In Florence
Prudent
Public Address
Puritan Delight
The Quarry
A Rage For Order For Rose
Raison D'etre
Reassurance
Receiving Communion
Reciprocity
Refugees
Regression
Regret
Reluctant Confession
Rembering Aunt Helen
Renewal
Renewal
Rescue
The Resolution
Resolve
Restraint
Return
Reverent Impiety
Revival
Rivers
Rubenstein's Melody In F
A Sadness
Seasonal Change
Second Rate
Self-ordained
Senility
Shamefaced Prayer
Shifty Eyes
Short-short
Sick
Sick Dog
Since No One Will Sing Me A Lullaby...
Sloth
Slump
Song For A Marriage
Song For A Summer Afternoon
Sophistication
Southern Colonial
Sow's Ear
Spastic Child
Spastics
Speculation
Spinster's Lullaby
Spring Singsong
Strangers
Study In White
Subterfuge
Summation
The Sun Has No History
Taunt-song
Taurobolium Twentieth Century
Temporary Relief
Thank-you Note
Thanksgiving After Holy Communion
Thanksgiving: Theme And Variations
This Is The Way It Goes
Thorn In The Flesh
'though He Slay Me'
Thus Saith The Lord To The New Theologians
Time And Mary Jean
Tired
To Jesus On Easter
Toward The End
Transmogrifcation
Travel Light
The Tree Of Silence
Tremulous
Trimming The Sails
Unalterable
Unnecessary
Unrhetorical Questiions
Unspoken Dialogue
Unteachable
Until
Valse Triste
View From A Small Garden
Villanelle For Buffy
Waiting
Warning
Waste Of Breath
What Really Happens
What The Cicada Says
When The Living Is Easy
Whitewash Of Houston: 1
Whitewash Of Houston: 2
The Whooping Crane
Why Seems It So Particular With Thee?
Wild Child
Winter Song Without Music
A Wistfulness
With No Stringd Attached
Without Ceremony
Witness For The Defense
A Word To The Wise
Worrying The World
The Worshipper
Zen Meditation
-- Table of Poems from Poem Finder®

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 13, 1998
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Vassar Miller's work will grow on you. Her poems are beautiful and deep. Sometimes difficult but always melodic, her words draw you back again and again. Experience reinforces the reader to believe that there is a depth in her work that deserves to be fully understood. You will want to read these poems over and over. This is an excellent collection from a masterful poet.
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By Neil Simonson on November 5, 2009
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Vassar Miller integrates God's Will, Christian Metaphor and her personal opportunities to improve our conscious contact with a power greater than ourselves.

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By W. J. Decker on October 1, 2014
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Wonderful!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark DeBolt on July 30, 2003
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After Richard Wilbur, Vassar Miller is probably the best poet of the last half of the 20th century. Beauty, depth, wit, elegance, honesty . . . She has it all. It is a sad commentary on the times that she isn't better known. One of the great Christian poets of all times.
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