Ours is a life worth losing; let’s unlace it from its post and see what creature it becomes. . . . The poems in this extraordinary full-length collection by Alice Miller ask you to force yourself beyond your own boundaries. They are curious, restless, bold; they marry lyrical music and intricate metaphor as they search for other human voices beyond the rumblings of the apocalypse and the stubbornness of myth. From bare battlefields to crisp Antarctica to the gates of Troy, from re-written history to love story, they ask for something more from the world than just riding till the spoke breaks. A poet for whom one way’s easy but an easy way’s / worse, Miller in this collection traces a path that leads beyond our limits – to where we set the sky on silent, where we’re braver than science, and where we try to un-glimpse what we’ve lost.
Alice Miller is a writer of poetry, plays, essays and fiction. She is the recipient of the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize, the prize for the Landfall Essay Competition, a Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson Bursary and the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Premier Award for fiction. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Glenn Schaeffer Fellow, and an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She recently travelled to Antarctica courtesy of Antarctica New Zealand. Miller grew up in Eastbourne, Wellington, but has also lived and published in the United States and Europe. Her writing has appeared in Narrative Magazine, The Iowa Review, the Boston Review, The American Scholar, the New Zealand Listener, Sport, Landfall, and Best New Zealand Poems.