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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Copper Canyon Press; First Edition edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556591187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556591181
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,784,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Boston Book Review recently compared Jane Miller's writing to Jackson Pollack's painting: inventive, energetic, risky. This career overview has more hits than misses, and allows the reader to trace Miller's development from a raw talent to a skilled poet. Typical of Miller's surprising and thought-provoking phrases, from "Immaculate View:" "love: the power of lust turned generous . . . ." This is hi-octane, inventive writing.

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Miller (August Zero, LJ 9/15/93) enters poetic midcareer with this selection from five previous volumes plus 15 new poems that focus primarily on her father's death. From the start, Miller has written about love, desperation, and loss for an audience that is not married to traditional narrative, syntax, and prosody. In the beautifully conceived "Picnic," Miller's version of a "Dejeuner sur l'herbe" scene explodes into a sexually charged epiphany that defies the sterile passivity of high-tech culture: "this couldn't take place/ on metromedia television, because the message/ is the corsage the woman has on." Miller's disjointed syntax will frustrate some readers: "Well my Cadillac now that the hog herding has begun/ big ones spray gunned/ is this the permission we longed for/ not in prose or stone but in action?" Others will read these poems over and over, attempting to piece together details of love (between women) and locale. Recommended for libraries lacking her strongest collection, American Odalisque (Copper Canyon, 1987, o.p.)?Ellen Kaufman, Dewey Ballantine Law Lib., New York
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 1999
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"Memory at These Speeds: New and Selected Poems" is the best introduction to Jane Miller's amazing genius. Her intellect, passion and raw edge swoop, swing and jump through this generous collection of poems that work hard at the business of love, truth and the absolute. Despite the frantic, white-knuckled pace, these poems have been distilled into ever more dense detonations. Jane Miller will shock you, and she's not scared to lose the reader at points; but one is left in the end with the tangible sense that these poems respect the reader. Truly, to have this much Jane Miller in one collection is a wonderful value and a genuine treat. She's not just working on the cutting edge of poetry--she IS the edge, and once you get a taste of the power and sheer life force packed into these pages, you'll be a fan for life.
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