Today's poem is "Why We Sleep"
from Route 66 and Its Sorrows

Terrapin Books

Carolyn Miller grew up in the Missouri Ozarks. Today she lives in San Francisco, where she writes, paints, and works as a free-lance copy editor. Her previous books of poetry are After Cocteau and Light, Moving, both from Sixteen Rivers Press. She is also the author of four letter-press limited-edition books from Protean Press. Her poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and Southern Review, as well as in several anthologies, including Garrison Keillor's Good Poems: American Places. Her work has received the James Boatwright Award for Poetry from Shenandoah and the Rainmaker Award from Zone 3. Her work has also been featured on Poetry Daily, Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac, and Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry.

Books by Carolyn Miller:

Other poems on the web by Carolyn Miller:
"The World as It is"
Two poems
Two poems

Carolyn Miller's Website.

About Route 66 and Its Sorrows:

"Carolyn Miller is a lyric poet of redeeming grace and intense clarity. Her poems are grounded in a sense of the marvelous, as if viewing life through a jewel, transforming the dark world of memory and desire into a luminous presence. She is a master of distilled moments. The mood of the poems in Route 66 and Its Sorrows is both elegiac and celebratory. She returns us to what is nurturing in our lives and in the world: "everywhere / cicadas and crickets are rasping out their brief sentient lives, / and off in the woods a whip-poor-will keeps calling / that each moment is sweeter and more precious / than any you will ever taste again." I read her poems with admiration and deep pleasure."
—Joseph Stroud

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