In her eleventh collection, Jane Miller illuminates a dark era with humor, formal interrogation, and tenderness. Who Is Trixie the Trasher? and Other Questions is a hyper-political and yet personal collection. Here Miller’s signature lyric voice is charged with a new sense of urgency as poems run—sprint—through headlines and futuristic visions, towards desire and refusal, empathy and accountability. Intimate language addresses our collective trauma—especially, but not exclusively, as experienced by women—where human dignity collides with the reality of power and privilege. Beginning with the collection’s title, Who Is Trixie the Trasher? delivers a relentless litany of questions and juxtapositions, some answerable and some slippery as riddles. What becomes of the female body as time goes by? What is poetry for in the face of fascism? How is it that love shows up, anyway?
“Miller’s writing is brassy but earnest, and she suffuses her approach to fraught social politics with humor and exuberant interest in people.” —Publishers Weekly
“Her lusher effusions gain astringency from an achingly palpable heartbreak, and from an increased awareness of technology, commodity, politics: swoon meets zoom.” ―Boston Review
“Jane Miller is by far one of our best poets writing today… Miller is like the NASA space station of poetry: out of this world, yet of it, and still looking down. From her peculiar and important vantage she blows us kisses in the form of images that hit their mark.” ―Lambda Book Report
“An absorbing performance of art taken to the brink… All of its parts contribute to a gestalt of living, loving and losing in a reel of feeling that nonetheless attains a bracing lucidity. This is an incandescent text.” –C.D. Wright
“Book by book, Jane Miller has evolved a mode, a voice, a palette and landscape entirely her own… a composition of multiple planes and reflections that appears to emerge out of itself, true to laws of its own nature, and yet is disturbingly recognizable, continuously suggestive, intimate and beautiful.” ―W.S. Merwin
“A marvelously penetrating, synoptic poet, her best moments sublimely diagnostic.” ―Threepenny Review