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How We Sleep on the Nights We Don't Make Love Paperback – April 1, 2004


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  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Curbstone Books (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931896046
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931896047
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,617,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Distinguished poet and man of letters Miller has a light touch yet writes of deep emotions. His streamlined poems are warm and caressing, and he is adept at composing sexy little lyrics. But Miller's point of view is world-embracing, and he writes with similar intimacy about the Middle East and terrorism. He envisions Rosa Parks on a bombed-out bus in Jerusalem in one poem, and enters the mind of a suicide bomber in another. Then he gets to the crux of the cultural conflict we find ourselves enmeshed in, in a series of lithe poems about a young black boy who befriends a young Muslim boy, poems that manage to be at once funny and piercing. Donna Seaman
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"On nights when we don't make love, it might be helpful to have some of E. Ethelbert Miller's alluring and captivating poems nearby. As intimate as they are seductive, come to think of it, they should be just as enticing, even on nights when we do make love."-Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

"E. Ethelbert Miller has always been a Gandhi in our national literary world, and here his poetry matures at that bloody and bluesy crossroads where all his earlier poems spent their youth, their lives: love and poltiics. These poems move like the movies and are moving, in their exacting emotional turns. They are also a great retrieval for the poetry of voice."

—Liam Rector, author of American Prodigal

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary L. Connely on June 25, 2008
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Ethelbert, (man, I'll bet he got grief in the school yard over that), Miller's poetry reminds me of George Orwell. Not that his poems are "Orwellian" or that Orwell wrote poetry - no it's his "voice." At least for me, there's a simplicity, a directness in Orwell's writing that gives it the ring of truth. When I read Orwell, particularly his reportage and criticism, I feel as though I'm in the presence of an honest man. That's how I feel about Mr Miller. The best of Mr Miller's poetry comes straight at you. There is a solidity, an integrity about his poetry, that says, "This is true." And because his poems are true, they are accessable in a way that the poems of many better known poets are not. Mr Miller does not always hit the mark, particularly when he has a "political point" in mind, but when he writes about his life and family, he is often wonderful. His best poems are almost always about what it is to be human. They will linger and echo in your mind long after you have read them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saintmom on July 18, 2013
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I love poetry and this particular author is new to me and surprisingly sensual. I love the shorter more direct ones. This was a quick and fun read. I already have a few favorites that are memorized.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GinaRe on August 14, 2010
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A friend is a Howard U classmate of the author and introduced me to his work. If you are a poetry lover, you will love this collection. It will bring many smiles to your face.
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