Jane Miller

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Jane Miller is an American poet.


Jane Miller was born in New York and currently lives in Tucson, Arizona where she teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona.[1] She has published seven volumes of poetry of which The Greater Leisures was a National Poetry Series selection. Thunderbird[2] (Copper Canyon Press, 2013) is her most recent book of poems.

Her numerous awards include a Western States Book Award, a Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Award, a Guggenheim fellowship and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.[3]





  • Seven Mediterraneans



  • "Scene", Ploughshares, Spring 1979
  • "Without a Name for This", Ploughshares, Spring 1979
  • "A Dream of Broken Glass ", Ploughshares, Spring 1979
  • "Eavesdropping at the Swim Club, 1934 ", Ploughshares, Spring 1979
  • "Blanks for New Things", Ploughshares, Winter 1990-91
  • "Warrior", Ploughshares, Winter 1990-91
  • "The General's Briefing", Ploughshares, Winter 1991-92
  • "Parts of Speech", Ploughshares, Spring 1996


Poet Jane Miller collaborates with artist Beverly Pepper on a highly personal journey through the debris of the poet’s crumbling relationship, and her mother’s descent into illness. Beautifully rendered poems and short chapters of poetic prose combine with Pepper’s chalk and oil drawings to form an intimate and unique meditation on the nature of love, of heartache, of the many midnights we, each and every one of us, live through and carry with us through our lives.[4]

A major accomplishment of Jane Miller’s Midnights is that she rescues middle-of-the-night ideas from worn-out truisms and offers them as the torturous realities they can be in experience.[5]

Jane Miller is hardly alone in demanding that the structures of her art reflect the compulsions of consciousness, but unlike poets who allow pallid abstraction to attenuate emotion and song, Miller, as late millennium supplicant, won't relinquish extravagance, seduction, rapture, as essential elements of a poem's brash presence. Her human figure, careening through its volatile relations, "charge card in hand," indebted and reverential, makes of shatter a kind of atomized coherence, a kinetic, compassionate form.[6]


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