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Wherever You Lay Your Head

Jane Miller


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Poetry. Jorie Graham says of this poet: Jane Miller is an extraordinary poet ... an astoundingly supple voice. Her seventh collection of poems is in part a literary homage to Hiroshige, Japan's master print artist who immortalized scenes along the Tokaido, the Eastern Sea Road. One obeys nature and thinks of the rest of the journey/ in straw sandals and a paper hat. The leaves larger/ and light longer. I could do it in my sleep,/ my head a roadway peppered with mountain passes (Rising Smoke). Like Hiroshige's prints, Miller's poems are a window through which we view the joyous details of the difficult lives of innkeepers, cooks, porters, wrestlers, and men and women of the pleasure quarter. She freely draws from Hiroshige's world to illuminate the cultural and moral grounding of the nuclear age.

Copper Canyon Press, 9781556591280, 114pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 1999

About the Author

Jane Miller is the author of eight previous books of poetry and essays. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Award. She lives in Tucson and teaches in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Arizona, having served as the program's director 1999-2003.