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Without Compass
Benjamin Miller



Stahlecker Selections

Four Way
2014 • 76 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-935536-38-3



In this debut collection of lyric poems, self-doubt becomes sacrificial offering

Through recurring dreams of grandeur, self-sabotage, and defeat, Benjamin Miller’s collection Without Compass explores the desert margins between faith and emptiness, between “desire and its counterfeits.” Carved down, elliptical, the poems seek “the perfect flaw” with which to “cruel you to thought.” From behind the “veil and doubt” of the lyric voice, they lead us in pursuit of the possibility of belief.

Reviews / Endorsements



“Ben Miller’s precise debut is a work of forceful imagination and elegant verve – a masterstroke of approach and echolocation.” —Lytton Smith

“Nuanced, discomforting, and filled with a fascinating spiritual awe.” —Kevin Prufer

“These gorgeous, painful poems map the unpredictable weather of the psyche: torrential, scorching, cold or calm. We would be lost without them.” —Tom Healy



BENJAMIN MILLER has degrees from Harvard and Columbia, and studies Composition and Rhetoric at the CUNY Graduate Center.



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