A Light Song of Light Paperback – 28 Jul 2010
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"A strong new presence in poetry . . . Kei Miller's is a voice we will hear much more of, for it speaks and sings with rare confidence and authority." --Lorna Goodison, author, "Goldengrove"
About the Author
Kei Miller was born in Jamaica in 1978. He read English at the University of the West Indies and completed an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University. His work has appeared in The Caribbean Writer, Snow Monkey, Caribbean Beat and Obsydian III. His first collection of short fiction, The Fear of Stones, was short-listed in 2007 for the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize. His first poetry collection, Kingdom of Empty Bellies, was published in March 2006 by Heaventree Press; his second, There Is an Anger That Moves, was published by Carcanet in October 2007. He is also the editor of Carcanet's New Caribbean Poetry: An Anthology. He has been a visiting writer at York University in Canada, the Department of Library Services in the British Virgin Islands and a Vera Ruben Fellow at Yaddo, and currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow.
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A Light Song of Light is truly dichotomous; the poems are even divided between 'Day Time' and 'Night Time'. There are poems that are absolute joys to read aloud and let Miller's Jamaican-influenced syntax roll off the tongue. But then there are times that Kei Miller made me audibly gasp -- my heart ached as I read "A Smaller Song" and reached the line:
And on the phone this mother agrees to her son that nasty people must dead. And in this moment, a son knows that his mother does not love him.
There is so much pain and heartache embedded, sometimes hidden and other times in plain view, in these poems, but what truly makes this such a memorable read is Miller's dogged insistence for hope. In "Epilogue," concluding the chapter, "A Short History of Beds We Have Slept in Together," after a string of describing the beds he has shared with his lover, he states:
Let us not repeat the easy lies about eternity
and love. We have fallen out of love
But rather than wallow in the demise of a relationship, he turns it on its head and rejoices how "we are always resurrected/into it".
It is fun, it is heavy, it is frank, it is sarcastic. I am in love with this collection. If you have at least one iota of interest in poetry, you owe it to yourself to pick this up, carve out a few hours to curl around the verses, and introduce yourself to Kei Miller.