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Through recurring dreams of grandeur, self-sabotage, and defeat, Benjamin Miller's collection Without Compass explores the desert margins between faith and emptiness, between "desire and its counterfeits." Carved down, elliptical, the poems seek "the perfect flaw" with which to "cruel you to thought." From behind the "veil and doubt" of the lyric voice, they lead us in ...more
Paperback, 76 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Four Way Books
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D.A.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There's an ardency and an urgency to these voyages of the human soul as it encounters faith, doubt, joy and longing. The language of these poems fits like a young skin: smooth, playful and resilient. There's no flab; just lean, muscular lyric poetry that proceeds not through indirection and metaphor but through clear, concise notation of mood unburdened by self-consciousness of craft or subject. Listen to the simple language of "It Rained Tonight":

It Rained Tonight

and so I thought of you

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Winter Sophia Rose
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Engagingly Beautiful! I Loved It!
Erica Wright
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ben was my once my classmate (caveat alert!), and I always think of him as a dedicated teacher. He taught composition while we were both students, and later when I had my own courses, he was quick to share helpful suggestions and resources. What a treat it was to sit down with this collection to realize he’s teaching here, as well. The lesson is one of perception, paying as much attention to the outside world as to the interior landscape. Like any good lesson, this one is given with a ...more
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