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Kingdom
Joseph Millar



Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series

Carnegie Mellon
2017 • 72 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-621-0



New Poetry

Kingdom extends Joseph Millar’s articulate devotion to the astonishments of daily life—their mingled beauty and pain. As in his first three books, Millar, like the late Philip Levine, has a keen eye for the hardscrabble details of working-class lives—from California’s wheat fields to the Lehigh Valley to the rooftops of Paris and a host of other locales “down here on earth in the kingdom.” Perhaps more fully than any recent book, this one calls to mind Dylan Thomas’s assessment that the best poems “show us that we are alone and not alone in the unknown world, that our bliss and suffering are forever shared, and forever all our own.” Kingdom shows Millar working at the height of his powers, sifting the “rag and bone shop of the heart” for songs and stories. It’s his best book yet.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“If this is a kingdom then Joe Millar may be one of the kings. He’s lived enough to be both man and woman now, and he’s learned to sing so sweet a song it might be rising from the broken branches and the bones of the lost horses, or the desert stars, or the scars of the middleweight fighters who finally went home. These are grown-up poems, sorrowful, celebrative, brimming with love.”—Marie Howe

“Joseph Millar’s new book Kingdom is full of the best noises a poem can make. This is high praise and these are fine poems. With their rich diction and long sentences that descend across the thump of double stresses and enjambed lines, moving through a rich chain of descriptive clauses, the poems chart a life tinged by melancholy but free of complaint. These sentences are full of surprises, unexpected turns—sentences that look back on a life also full of surprises and unexpected turns. I keep returning to them for their lyrical beauty, their wisdom of the self and their charting of life’s long and often frustrating journey.”—Stephen Dobyns



JOSEPH MILLAR is the author of three previous collections. His poems have won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEA. He teaches in Pacific University’s low-residency MFA programand divides his time between Raleigh, North Carolina, and Richmond, California.



Sat, 15 Apr 2017 17:35:06 -0500