Both poems and essays work on the reader from two directions, the brain down and the ground up. Poems like “I want to be Mary Oliver” seem whimsical at first but quickly instigate a new look at an old subject. The words themselves are cairns guiding readers on an inward journey to a deeper plane of understanding our relationships with everything, seen and unseen. Many will find the poems worthy of weddings, funerals, and letters to dear friends. Poems that immediately jump into deep water like “Depression,” offer a sense of liberation via blunt and unvarnished authenticity. Cairn speaks from these two hemispheres of the human experience in a way that aids those who start out with discomfort around poetry. It quickly demonstrates that poetry need not be a strange or inaccessible medium after all. Intertwined with the poems are essays that echo back to the poems in images of nature, human nature, and the sacred.
Cameron Miller is a writer and preacher exploring the sacred hiding in plain sight. He writes fiction, poetry, and a weekly newspaper column for the Finger Lakes Times (NY). Miller’s website (www.subversivepreacher.org) includes some of his work and is devoted to navigating the ordinary sacred as a spiritual practice. He has two novels in print: Steam Room Diaries (DAOwen Press, Canada, 2015); and Thoughtwall Café: Espresso in the Third Season of Life (Unsolicited Press, 2018). As an emerging poet with single poems published in print anthologies – Poetry Quarterly (Summer 2015); The Poet’s Quest for God (Eyewear Press, UK, 2016); Crossroads(2016); and Inwood Indiana Press (2016), as well as online at Silver Birch Press(January and February 2016).
Cairn: Poems and Essays by Cameron Miller is a paperback distributed through Ingram; an ebook is also available. Mr. Miller open to scheduling events, speaking with the press, and getting involved in literary panels.
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