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Publish Date: September 2011
The City, Our City
BY Wayne Miller
A series of semi-mythologized, symbolic narratives interspersed with dramatic monologues, the poems collected in The City, Our City showcase the voice of a young poet striking out, dramatically, emphatically, to stake his claim on “the City.” It is an unnamed, crowded place where the human questions and observations found in almost any city—past, present, and future—ring out with urgency. These poems—in turn elegiac, celebratory, haunting, grave, and joyful—give hum to our modern experience, to all those caught up in the City’s immensity.
The City, Our City was a finalist for the 2012 William Carlos Williams Award.
Read an interview on The City, Our City with Wayne Miller and Peter Burghart here.
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“Wayne Miller has written an astonishing book-length sequence. The City, Our City moved and entertained me in the oddest, most compelling ways. Miller’s scope is as large as anyone’s in his generation.”—David Rivard, author of Sugartown and Wise Poison
“These poems are liberating in their strangeness and at the same time they compel us. Their voices are ours, cut into myth.”—Ilya Kaminsky, author of Dancing in Odessa
“Any City’s name might be scrawled in the open wound—Baghdad, New York, Dresden, Tel Aviv, El Fasher. These poems deal with that last trace of movement at the end of things.”—Eleni Sikelianos, author of Body Clock