The Sea Sleeps: New and Selected Poems
The Sea Sleeps: New and Selected Poems  -     By: Greg Miller
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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 200
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1612614272
ISBN-13: 9781612614274

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Publisher's Description

This collection draws heavily from the core devotional 
strain in Miller’s poetry, offering what novelist Fenton 
Johnson described in his review of Iron Wheel as 
“the vision and experience of that place where dark 
merges seamlessly into light; the house and home of 
grace—unasked for and perhaps undeserved, but 
transformative all the same.” Framed by meditations 
on the beginnings and possible post-human ends 
of culture, the new poems reflect on the callings 
and limits of art in responding to desire, history, 
mortality, and injustice. Set in the American South, 
Wales, France, the Czech Republic, and Sudan, the 
poems address and invoke the divine

Author Bio

Greg Miller is the author of three volumes of poems, 
Watch (2009), Rib Cage (2001) and Iron Wheel 
(1998) all published by the University of Chicago 
Press. He is also a scholar of English literature, 
having published George Herbert's "Holy Patterns": 
Reforming Individuals in Community, a study of the 
seventeenth-century Anglican priest and poet. Miller 
is Janice C. Trimble Professor of English at Millsaps 
College in Jackson, Mississippi. He received his 
PhD in English from the University of California at 
Berkeley

Editorial Reviews

A review of "Sea Sleeps: New and Selected Poems"
By Adie Smith

Greg Miller turns his discerning eye outwards in his newest collections of poems, The Sea Sleeps, translating experience into finely wrought verse. A scholar of the Welsh metaphysical poet and Anglican priest, George Herbert, Miller draws from Herbert’s use of form to contain expansive ideas.
Selected from several previous published collections, as well as large selections of new poems, The Sea Sleeps reveals Miller’s range over nearly a decade of published work. Undeterred by experimentation, Miller’s poems are of a refreshed formalism. "Forgiveness" sprawls across the page in shattered lines, while other poems fall into a regimental meter.
To Miller, poetics is a system of calculating and finding value, of showing the relationships between things, both internal in the poem itself, but also in the external world. Where structure is stable, the subject matter is fluid.
The strength of Miller’s work is in the humanness of the narrator. Like the Psalmist, he struggles with his faith, with the brokenness of the world. Throughout the collection, the speaker movers from a France steeped in its past, to war-torn South Sudan, to his window overlooking "one tree in white bloom." No matter the locale, Miller’s careful selection of detail is transporting.
Greg Miller’s cultural contributions extend beyond his poetry. The Janice B. Trimble Professor of English at Millsaps College, he was featured in a 2011 article in Oxford American, highlighting his work with Sudanese refuges. Poems addressing Miller’s work with these refugees are included are several translations.
Miller makes the familiar unfamiliar. In "Capital Towers," he turns his attention to Jackson:
the Governor’s mansion, Statehouse, the decaying grand King Edward, and the Electric Building— the last gutted like a fish, its art deco scales intact and buffed lustrous against brown marble. My eye, intent ever on artifice, wanders. I am a crow with an eye for shiny things
"The Sea Sleeps" is a wonderful poetic garb bag, showcasing the breadth of Miler’s experience and insight. 

Greg Miller’s The Sea Sleeps: New & Selected Poems is an extraordinary collection of poems that celebrate and confirm the joy to be found in a life dedicated to the service of humanity. Miller, who is an authority on the poetry of British poet George Herbert, displays the same grandeur of spirit as his British predecessor in poems that are suffused with humility, respect, and love for a suffering humanity. He writes with equal ease of God, his family, the natural world, his travels, and his own work with both Sudanese refugees and the victims of Hurricane Katrina.  He embodies this dazzling array of subject matter by using both traditional narrative structure and formal verse. Many of his poems are conventional sonnets with a modern twist. The book also includes his translations of Guillaume Apollinaire’s French and George Herbert’s Latin.

As a whole, Greg Miller’s The Sea Sleeps: New & Selected Poems is a luminous and sometimes startling examination of what it means to be a person of faith in the modern world. These poems trace Miller’s often turbulent, at times resigned, devotion to God and humanity.

Miller as humanitarian is fearless as he espouses an ethic of care and love as the basis of our shared existence. This is a book about the transformative power of love.
—Sonja James, author of Baiting the Hook (the Bunny & the Crocodile Press, 1999), Children of the Moon (Argonne House Press, 2004), and Calling Old Ghosts to Supper (Finishing Line Press, 2013)

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