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Only the Senses Sleep

Only the Senses Sleep

Winner of the 2007 William Rockhill Nelson Award in Poetry from the Kansas City Star and The Writer's Place

A The Kansas City Star's top 100 noteworthy book of 2006

"'We breathe light'-this epigraph, a quotation from James Wright placed over one of the poems, is a key to Wayne Miller's poetry. His poems are meditations on light and shadow as they enter our lives-as our lives enter them. Only The Senses Sleep is the author's first book-amazingly mature." -Adam Zagajewski

"Miller describes both the visible and the invisible with elegant ease. These poems dissolve the boundaries between things and across time, so that the strangeness of the world is apparent: 'the sunlight comes as if through a phonograph needle' . . . Charting shifting perceptions of an ever-shifting world, Miller's is a welcome new voice: 'What's at issue is air', he writes, "words gripping its thick wet fur / while it fills us and leaves us.'" -Publisher Weekly, (Starred Review) Reviewed 2006-07-31

"In Only the Senses Sleep, the senses are fully awake much of the time, as Wayne Miller explores the world through defamiliarizing metaphor and shifts of perception; but the 'half-seen' emerges too, as the poet discovers 'the possibility emptiness provides.' In the frequent play of light and shadow, breath and air, surface and substance, the least embodied is often the most deeply experienced. 'Sometimes the mouth of the world / opens,' Miller says, 'though at the last minute, / it always holds its tongue.' That is often the moment when the poet most poignantly speaks to us in this wonderfully moving first book." -Martha Collins

"[This] gorgeously confident book is proof again of the vitality of poetry in the small presses." -The Kansas City Star

"For Miller, memory is treacherous yet essential: its operation foregrounds the absences that haunt him yet preserves, imperfectly, those present moments that fall away. . . . the present tense is where the poet seeks to dwell, though he mourns--eloquently, compassionately--that only language takes him there." -Ned Balbo, Antioch Review, Winter 2007

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