|Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet
A nice review in Our State magazine.
Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet by Joe Mills is one of the most original collections of poetry I have ever encountered--original because it treats the whole world of books, poems, stories, fairy tales not only as being somehow more real than reality itself but as our most important lifelines to reality itself. In Mills's created world of Huck and Hamlet and Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and the Seven Dwarves, we laugh with each surprise, each ironic insight, each portrait of a world that is funnier, whackier, and more completely alive than our world. There is about this book a sense of everything happening for the first time, even those literary events that seem to happen over and over. What a pleasure this book gives the reader.
- - Anthony Abbott, award-winning author of five books of poetry, including If Words Could Save Us and the Pulitzer nominated The Girl in the Yellow Raincoat
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Love and Other Collisions
"The Guardian" and "The Husband" featured on "The Writer's Almanac" with Garrison Keillor
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"Joseph Mills is a poet who understands that Love’s great nemesis isn’t Hate but Time. Time and again, the poems in Love and Other Collisions explore the inherent pain created when Love and Time meet. This book stands as a chronicle of the speaker’s growth from a hopeful youth to a father carving out the best life he can for his own children to a man who is a helpless witness to his mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease. In the words of one poem, Mills “show[s] how you [can] make something of your life if only you [can] stand enough punishment over the years.” Love and Other Collisions is at once ambitious, unflinching, and tender—It is definitely a must-read." —Shaindel Beers, author of A Brief History of Time (Salt Publishing, 2009)
ANGELS, THIEVES, AND WINEMAKERS was called by the Washington Post "a must have for wine-lovers" and the poem "The Good Nights" was featured on Garrison Keillor's "The Writer's Almanac."
Hear Keillor read "The Good Nights"
What a few have said:
"Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers is a collection of revelations, truths to be found in and about wine. Witty, mordant, melancholy, funny—these bright poems fix and illumine the many moods we may encounter in a bottle of happy red. I shall recommend this volume most heartedly, saying, 'Here, I think this / will help make things a little better.' "— Fred Chappell
"Talk of wine and you talk of life … as these poems do with wit and wisdom and a little wistfulness. They are poems to read aloud, best enjoyed with glass in hand and shared in the company of friends and fellow wine lovers." Barbra Ensrud, "The Cork Report"
This book "is filled with wit and vivacity. His poems on wine and the world of wine are sometimes sincere homage, sometimes social satire, sometimes spirtual longing. These poems reflect a sensuous love of the material world and an unrepentant commitment to play in the face of what we are told to take serious." -- David Romtvedt, Wyoming Poet Laureate
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|2012 Readings and Appearances:
February 8: Piedmont Cross, 2 pm. NC Road Scholars Presentation: North Carolina in a Bottle.
March 31: Lewisville Library, 11 - Noon
April 4: Sandhills Community College, Pinehurst, 1 pm. NC Road Scholars Presentation: North Carolina in a Bottle
April 6: Book Release! Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet. Community Arts Cafe. 7:30 pm.
April 18: Salem College. 7:30. Single Sisters House
May 19, Weymouth Center, NC Poetry Society Awards Day
May 22: Newcomers and Neighbors Club of Winston-Salem,
May 24: 4th Thursday Book Club, Central Library,
Forsyth County Public Library, Winston-Salem.
August 26: McIntyre's Books, Fearrington Village
September 8: BookMarks, Winston-Salem
October 9: Writing Workshop, Winston-Salem Shepherd's Center, 10 am.
October 11: Tell Your Story in a Flash: Press 53 Fiction Writers Panel at Greensboro Central Library, 7 pm
October 16: Charlotte Writers' Club, 7 pm
November 13: Writer's Night Out workshop: "How to Wield A Knife: Editing Your Poetry," Hickory. 4 pm
November 13: Poetry Hickory, 5:30 -7, Tasteful Beans
December 1: NCPS reading at City Lights, Sylva, 3 pm. With Julie Suk, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, and Kathryn Stripling Byer
December 2: Malaprop's, Asheville, Poetrio Reading, 3 pm
2013 Readings and Appearances:
January 6: Poetry in Plain Sight launch, Barnhills. 1 pm.
January 16: Wine and Women, Wine Merchants in Winston- Salem, 6:30
February 2: Poetry in Plain Sight. Barnhills, 1 pm.
March 2: Society of Early Americanists, Early America: Poetically
Speaking. 3:15-4:45, Savannah
March 14: New Winston Museum, Salon discussion of NC wine industry. 11:45 - 12:45
March 22: Community Arts Tonight! Community Arts Cafe, 7:30
April 27: Poetry to the People, Elkin, NC, 7 pm
May 31: Wonderland Book Club
Some Selected Work Available on the Web
in Prime Number Magazine.
Somewhere During the Spin Cycle
In a voice both rueful and companionable, Joe Mills inscribes through these poems the wavering circle of everyday life, the center of which is everywhere and the circumference nowhere -- exactly the radius of the human
heart. - John P. O'Grady