- Paperback: 61 pages
- Publisher: Eastern Washington Univ Pr; First edition (November 1, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0910055742
- ISBN-13: 978-0910055741
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,827,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Overtime Paperback – November 1, 2001
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The twentieth was the century of the poem of personal experience, and there is no reason to think that the twenty-first won't carry the genre forward, ensuring that future chroniclers will find out fairly easily how the late-modern poets lived. Millar shows that they live like lots of other people, though quite differently from each other, in poems alike primarily in their high levels of accomplishment. He writes so musically that ordinary occurrences take on the tones and luster of extraordinary art. A college teacher's son, he got B.A and M.A. degrees but then spent 25 years as a working stiff, especially in commercial fishing and telephone line laying and repair. Paying the bills has always been a problem, and the family he created was fractured by drunkenness and divorce. He can complain, but he is too sympathetic to be any good at blaming. Hauntingly clear vignettes of surveying in wintry Alaska, worriedly accompanying his expansively drunken father in a workers' bar, and wiring a casino at 5 a.m. (the only time the management will allow it) alternate in his work with rueful, charged recollections of single-parenting his 10-year-old son, sometimes not very well, and accounts of good if slightly desperate times with a new girlfriend.The poetry of experience is seldom better than in this books. Ray Olson
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I first came across Millar's work in various literary journals and was immediately struck by Millar's ability to accomplish some kind of lyrical feat in every line without sounding heavy-handed. I ordered this book and have been recommending it ever since. In short, Overtime is just a lovely example of wordsmithing at its best. Pick it up; your bookshelf will thank you!