May You Always be the Darling of Fortune

By Jane Miller b. 1949 Jane Miller
March 10th and the snow flees like eloping brides
into rain. The imperceptible change begins
out of an old rage and glistens, chaste, with its new
craving, spring. May your desire always overcome
 
your need; your story that you have to tell,
enchanting, mutable, may it fill the world
you believe: a sunny view, flowers lunging
from the sill, the quilt, the chair, all things
 
fill with you and empty and fill. And hurry, because
now as I tire of my studied abandon, counting
the days, I’m sad. Yet I trust your absence, in everything
wholly evident: the rain in the white basin, and I
 
vigilant.

Jane Miller, "May You Always be the Darling of Fortune" from Many Junipers, Heartbeats, published by Copper Beech Press.  Copyright © 1980 by Jane Miller.  Reprinted by permission of Jane Miller.

Source: Many Junipers, Heartbeats (Copper Beech Press, 1980)

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Poet Jane Miller b. 1949

Subjects Living, Time & Brevity, Relationships, Home Life, Nature, Spring, Weather

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Poet Jane Miller was born in New York. Influenced by Frederico Garcia Lorca, Virginia Woolf, Gertrude Stein, and Adrienne Rich, Miller’s layered poems juxtapose high and low diction in an exploration of consciousness that is at once structural and intimate. In a 2006 interview with Greenbelt magazine, Miller discussed the relation of her early career as a painter to the composition of her poetry: “I use and have brought forward . . .

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