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Palace of Pearls, A
Jane Miller
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978-1-55659-222-5
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Palace of Pearls, A
Jane Miller

In this book-length sequence, animated by a confrontation with her dead father, Jane Miller meditates on home, love, war and the responsibility of the poet. A Palace of Pearls is inspired by one of the most spectacular civilizations in history, the Arab kingdom of Al-Andalus—a Middle Age civilization where architecture, science and art flourished and Christians, Jews, and Muslims lived in relative harmony. The reader roams through "rooms," encountering Greek, Judaic, and Roman mythology, and through the streets of fifteenth century Spain and contemporary Rome, in Miller's most personal and associative volume.

 

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For Palace of Pearls, A, Jane Miller

"Book by book, Jane Miller has evolved a mode, a voice, a palette and landscape entirely her own. If she were a painter, one might describe it as a descendant of cubism, 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. Her subject is love and illusion and their revelation about each other."—W.S. Merwin

"It's heartening to see a poet work from the pure energy of language, without apology, as Jane Miller does."—Boston Book Review

"A marvelously penetrating, synoptic poet... her best moments sublimely diagnostic."—Threepenny Review

"With skillful, irrepressible imagination, Jane Miller has written an intelligent, imaginative and evocative book about love. True in both thought and description, August Zero carries the author's sustained vision and intelligence from beginning to end."—Western States Book Award Citation

"These poems frequently attain a heightened language rare in contemporary poetry. Miller is frankly romantic, visionary, and political."—The Harvard 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

"Reading Jane Miller's poetry is like channel-surfing on acid: her deliberately interrupted narrative warps and weaves and makes the familiar strange and the strange recognizable."—L.A. Weekly

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