Leslie Adrienne Miller

Leslie Adrienne Miller (Poetry) | St. Paul, MN

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Leslie Adrienne Miller is author of six collections of poetry including Y, The Resurrection Trade and Eat Quite Everything You See from Graywolf Press, and Yesterday Had a Man in It, Ungodliness, and Staying Up For Love from Carnegie Mellon University Press. Professor of English at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Houston, an M.F.A. from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, an M.A. from the University of Missouri, and a B.A. from Stephens College.


Y (Graywolf 2012)
The Resurrection Trade (Graywolf 2007)
Eat Quite Everything You See (Graywolf 2002)
Yesterday Had a Man In It (Carnegie Mellon 1998)
Ungodliness (Carnegie Mellon 1994)
Staying Up For Love (Carnegie Mellon 1990)















Press & Reviews

Leslie Adrienne Miller’s Y is difficult: 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. A full fifth of the poems are centos, collaged from bewildering sources. If Y appeared as a question on a multiple-choice test, the answer would be “all of the above.” Still, the choices Miller makes are not haphazard; they are instead brutally calculating. —The Rumpus

Y wallops the reader with its quiet power . . . —The Literary Review

The child is the hero in these poems by a watcher who apprehends the stuff of truth In Mothering. We are sometimes stirred by the frightening happenstance of daily life seen from many points of views. You have to give up assumptions about poetry and children when you open this book for Miller’s concepts and connections are explorations of people, cities, scientific theories set in motion to better understand humankind. There are also intelligent inserts throughout called “adversaria” which are fragments of thought unrelated to the poetry, yet obliquely part of the book’s theme. They further an understanding of behaviors, by studying the abnormal, or the unusual, to create a new intellectual norm.— Washington Independent Review of Books

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