|This Miraculous Turning
In general, poets are not saints, yet in his quiet but unapologetic intelligence, his passion, humility, and wisdom, and his understanding of good and evil, Joseph Mills gives us poems that could change the world. Deeply affecting, these poems show us how to live with one another. "I'm searching," he says, "for the right forms for these poems, ones as simple and solid as wooden bowls." Everything here is true: measured, faultless. You do not want to miss this book. This Miraculous Turning is a bona fide miracle.
— Kelly Cherry, former Poet Laureate of Virginia and author of The Life and Death of Poetry: Poems
Joseph Mills writes the best kind of poems about family. These are unsentimental, frank pieces that open from the private to the public, reminding us that we are more than parents and children, but are members of a world that we create and inhabit together. Beautifully crafted, sometimes humorous, and often heartbreaking, This Miraculous Turning is a poignant meditation on family, race, religion, and identity in modern America.
— Kelly Davio, author of Burn This House
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Sending Christmas Cards to Huck and Hamlet
A 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."
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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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|2014 Readings and Appearances:
January 11: Poetry in Plain Sight, Barnhill's Books. 1 pm.
January 28: W-S New Museum, Garden Club talk, 11:15 am
February 15: Wine, Jazz, and Poetry, Community Arts Cafe, 8 pm
March 8: Writers Group of the Triad, Two Workshops. "Writing As
Luggage" and "Working in the Delta."
April 3: 24 Hour Read-a-thon Scuppernong Books, 3:40 slot.
April 24: "On the Same Poem," Forsyth County Public Library
May 3: Press 53 Day. Reading celebration, Scuppernong Books,
May 9: Guest Bartender, Scuppernong Books
September 2. Outta the Bag, Winston- Salem, noon.
September 6: BookMarks. Poetry Cafe. 3:30
September 23. Outta the Bag, Winston- Salem, noon.
September 28: McIntyre's Books, Fearrington Village
October 2: Book Release Party, Artworks Gallery, Winston-Salem
October 11: Scuppernong's, Greensboro
October 18: West End Poetry Festival, 3 - 4:25, Carborro
November 11: Poetry Hickory. Tastefull Beans
November 18: "What Does It Mean to Be Southern" panel, Winston-Salem New Museum
December 7: Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh
Some Selected Work Available on the Web
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