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Leslie Adrienne Miller

If the face is a christening in flesh,
the boy of him is its opposite,
raising the tent of bones in which
he will harbor all the starry anomalies
that a knowledge of God cannot undo.

—from “Y”

Y is poet Leslie Adrienne Miller’s book of the looming child, the son, the cipher, the letter for which a math problem seeks a solution. Collaging lyric investigation, personal reflection, and hard research into psychology and childhood development, Miller describes motherhood with a broad-ranging intelligence, a fierce humor, and an elegant, emotive poetic line.

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The new book by Leslie Adrienne Miller, whose poems “are delightfully eclectic, learned and wise”—Ted Kooser

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Leslie Adrienne Miller
Credit: Heather Muller
Leslie Adrienne Miller is the author of six collections of poetry, including Y, The Resurrection Trade, and Eat Quite Everything You See. She teaches at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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  • “[Y is] dense with image, crowded with sound, a book that is willing to puzzle over a lifetime of mysteries, regardless of size. ‘Voracious’ best describes the attention underpinning the collection, as it gobbles up everything from Roget to Rukeyser, feral children to Elmer Fudd. . . . Still, the choices Miller makes are not haphazard; they are instead brutally calculating. . . . As Miller knows, our lives are full of variables, and whatever answers we arrive at are at best conditional. Never formulaic, Miller’s latest is full of stunningly well-crafted propositions, theorems, and equations. Fitting then, that she leaves it up to the reader to solve for why.”Rumpus
  • “Miller’s evocative questions probe knowledge itself, asking why and Y and why. . . . Y is a stunning rendering of children’s stories against the urban landscape, here and abroad, even as it reflects a desire to know this forest into which the mother poet has stumbled. The collection is written with lyric beauty, cadence, and resolve.”—Prairie Schooner
  • "The child is the hero in these poems by a watcher who apprehends the stuff of truth in mothering. . . . Miller's concepts and connections are explorations of people, cities, scientific theories set in motion to better understand humankind."—Washington Independent Review of Books
  • “In addition to collaging research, Miller’s work deftly combines poetic strategies—the lyrical, narrative, reflective, and the new, in mostly traditional shapes—with precision and comprehensive intelligence. The resulting work is thoughtful and visceral—readers will find both their minds and hearts engaged. Through the complex questions she articulates, Miller allows us to feel with the child and with his observer(s): ‘All fodder, fur, and fury, / he’s bound to roll the sturdy carcass / of imperative against even this, / his glittering box of tokens for the heart.’”—The Literary Review
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