Poetry. The Old Town of these poems is not, primarily, the Old Town that you may know. Kevin Miller has filled this town with family, friends, acquaintances, strangers some of whom may have never stepped a foot in the actual Old Town. He has called up events and experiences that would appear to be unrelated to the place. But one of the traits of Miller’s powerful metaphors is what I call dislocation. He drafts people, characters, images and events out of their familiar locations and contexts and weaves them into new situations, creating unexpected connections, original experiences. This new town is the locale of Miller’s vital imagination. Probably we all have an old town in us, in our memories or dreams. In these poems Kevin Miller invites us into his town, shares its truths and textures. And in the generous spirit of the man and poet, these poems are also an invitation to all of us, in whatever way we can, to forge and populate an old town of our own. -Loren Sundlee
Kevin Miller’s poetry collection, Home & Away: The Old Town Poems, was published in 2008. Blue Begonia Press published his second collection Everywhere Was Far, for which he received an Artist Trust Grant. Miller’s first collection of poems, Light That Whispers Morning, received the Bumbershoot/Weyerhaeuser Publication award in 1994. Miller’s poems appeared in the anthology Weathered Pages in 2005. He has taught in the public schools of Washington State for 37 years and was a Fulbright exchange teacher in Denmark.