If I Had Wheels or Love: Collected Poems of Vassar Miller
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If I Had Wheels or Love: Collected Poems of Vassar Miller

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Presents the complete texts of the author's eight volumes of poetry together with a sampling of previously uncollected poems.
Paperback, 358 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by Southern Methodist University Press (first published 1990)
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Aaron Arnold
I first encountered Vassar Miller's name in Larry McMurtry's infamous "Ever a Bridegroom" essay, originally printed in 1981 in the Texas Observer. At the end of a fascinatingly cantankerous litany consisting of the consignment of one Texas author after another into the dustbin of history, he finds one author worthy of real merit: "Adam's Footprint was published in 1956, and from that time until rather recently Miller has been the one poet of genuine distinction in the state. I think it no hyperb...more
An underrrated and mischaracterized poet (at least in most anthologies). She is not the delicate Christian flower in a wheelchair tapping feebly away at her Underwood the way anthology blurbs describe her. Instead, she's George Herbert's spiritual daughter, grabbing God by the collar and demanding to know WHY.
The formal elements are occasionally sloppy, but the energy of the poems makes that excuseable. I'd rather have a poem that shoves me hard and knocks the wind out of me even if its edges a...more
This is a wonderful collection! Vassar Miller's poetry is very evocative and real. She's not afraid to use somewhat startling language to get her point across.
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