Jane Miller was born in New York and lives in Tucson where she is on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona. She is the author of Working Time: Essays on Poetry, Culture, and Travel (University of Michigan, Poets on Poetry Series). She has published several volumes of poetry, including The Greater Leisures, a National Poetry Series selection. She has received 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.
Written as an elegy for her parents, Jane Miller's Thunderbird investigates cultural memory while invoking the ancient and the ultramodern. This book-length sequence of short poems scrolls without interruption, exposing death's facility in transforming family and home. On a larger scale, the poems explore how the body and mind can redeem loss, even when challenged by the terrors of the Holocaust and modern militarism.
Moving variously through such places as an emergency room, an ancient olive grove, the streets of Berlin, a movie set, the "night-petaled black heaven," and thus ultimately the world of spirit, Miller plies the many incarnations of the thunderbird to examine mortality, madness, and love.Thunderbird
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