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By 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 Bio

Jane Miller
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 many of the reasons why I was attracted to painting into my poems. For example, I make use of color and design, so the structure of poetry, that’s related, and it’s a lot like making the underpainting for a painting.”

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