Kingdom by Joseph MillarKingdom by Joseph Millar


byJoseph Millar

Paperback | February 14, 2017

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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.
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.
Title:KingdomFormat:PaperbackDimensions:70 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.3 inPublished:February 14, 2017Publisher:Carnegie Mellon University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887486215

ISBN - 13:9780887486210

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Table of Contents

Poem of Experience . Time-Poem . Right Livelihood . Muse . Semi-Retired . One Day . Next to Godliness . Courtly . Southern Exposure . Mothers . Night Light . Ronnie . Monk . Bad Love Affair . Field . Language . Community Hospital . The Poetry-Body . Persephone . Eclipse . The Day Sinatra Married Mia Farrow . California . Oxygen and Acetylene . Torch Singer . Night . For Ruth Stone . Girlfriends . Artist Colony . Why Women Live Longer . Penn Station . Valentine . Patience . Roses . Making Lunch . Lovesick . Ancestral . Reckoning . Black Pan . Calling Home . Clair de Lune . Dandelion . Paris Rain . End of the World . Notes

Editorial Reviews

“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