Overtime

ISBN-10: 088748574X
ISBN-13: 9780887485749
Edition: N/A
Authors: Joseph Millar
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Description: Overtime, Joseph Millar's first book of poetry, both traditionally elegiac and formally unexpected--aims at the overlap between art and the everyday grind of work and single fatherhood. Here we find poems of loss and grief, alongside poems of  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Publisher: Carnegie Mellon University Press
Publication date: 9/3/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 72
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

Overtime, Joseph Millar's first book of poetry, both traditionally elegiac and formally unexpected--aims at the overlap between art and the everyday grind of work and single fatherhood. Here we find poems of loss and grief, alongside poems of working-class celebration that hum with the sound of wind in the ladder racks and miles of telephone wire. Overtime is a book of poetry whose chief concern is not art for its own sake but rather the artistic visions the everyday struggles of life provide when paid the right attention. A poet deeply sunk into William Carlos Williams' American Grain, Millar grounds his poems in the details and small mysteries of everyday life and labor. Whether the speaker is murmuring a song to the beloved in poems like "Love Pirates" or "Listener," imagining the travails of a Native American war chief in "Sitting Bull in Canada," or considering his own inevitable death in "Heart Attack," Millar tells a story plainly, moving from lyric to narrative and back again in language charged with duende and force. As Yusef Komunyakaa has written, "Millar is a poet we can believe."

Joseph Millar's first collection,Overtime(2001) was finalist for the Oregon Book Award. A second collection,Fortune, appeared in 2007. Millar grew up in Pennsylvania, attended the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and spent 25 years in the San Francisco Bay area working at a variety of jobs, from telephone repairman to commercial fisherman. It would be two decades before he returned to poetry. His poems record the narrative of a life fully lived among fathers, sons, brothers, daughters, weddings and divorces, men and women. His work has won fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2008 Pushcart Prize and has appeared in such magazines as DoubleTake, TriQuarterly, New Letters, The Southern Review, APR, and Ploughshares. In 1997 he gave up his job as telephone installation foreman to try his hand at teaching. Millar is now core faculty at Pacific University's Low Residency MFA and lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife, the poet Dorianne Laux.

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