How We Sleep on the Nights We Don't Make Love

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ISBN 978-1-931896-04-7
Publication Date
April 2004
Page Count
64 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 8.5

How We Sleep on the Nights We Don't Make Love

E. Ethelbert Miller

In this wide-ranging collection of lyrics, dealing with themes such as family, love, racism, and war, E. Ethelbert Miller sets his scenes against the backdrop of the stark realities of contemporary life, here and abroad. As both his love poems and political poems attest, Miller believes with full faith in the transformative powers of love and understanding. His poems on friendship and love are tender, often whimsical. His political poems are evenhanded and compassionate.
About the Author

E. Ethelbert Miller was born in New York City in 1950. Author of twelve collections of poetry and two memoirs, he is the founder and director of the Ascension Poetry Reading Series and was the director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University for over 40 years. Since 2002, he has been co-editor of Poet Lore magazine, the oldest poetry journal in the United States. 

"On nights when we don't make love, it might be helpful to have some of E. Ethelbert Miller's alluring and captivating poems nearby. As intimate as they are seductive, come to think of it, they should be just as enticing, even on nights when we do make love."

—Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory

"E. Ethelbert Miller has always been a Gandhi in our national literary world, and here his poetry matures at that bloody and bluesy crossroads where all his earlier poems spent their youth, their lives: love and poltics. These poems move like the movies and are moving, in their exacting emotional turns. They are also a great retrieval for the poetry of voice."

—Liam Rector, author of American Prodigal

"These poems are accessible, honest, exact, unassuming and compelling, deeply personal and frankly political. Their awareness and insight seem to well up from their occasions with an uncanny air of offhand necessity. To write poems with this much casual, lyrical human power is a remarkable accomplishment." 

—Jeff Gundy, ForeWord Magazine