Jacob Miller, The Toilet God, Delere Press, 2020.
In the spirit of Georges Bataille, Anne Dufourmantelle, Sigmund
Freud, and others, The Toilet God presents an invitation to engage in
an achronological excursion through prose that conceal moments of
ambiguity — deploying rhetorical devices such as paranomasia.
Exploring the richness of Japanese culture, questions of economy,
hospitality, and catharsis reside just beneath the surface. Consider
the posture of Buddha, handcrafted yosegi-zaiku, or the prescient
dreams of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Accompanying illustrations by Hannah Walsh
proffer a glimpse into the world of mojie and the vistas of Japan
setting a familiar territory for The Toilet God who awaits your
Jacob Miller, Lines from a Canvas, Dalkey Archive Press, 2016.
Jacob Miller first emerged as a young poet in the 1970's after winning a Hopwood Poetry Award, studying briefly with Allen Ginsburg, then working with the Nobel Prize Laureate, Joseph Brodsky, in classical verse forms for years, while also working with the American Poet Laureate, Robert Hayden, in more economic free-verse. During this period he also launched the literary and arts journal, Empyrea, and published his work, Sublimity vs. Circulation, urging librarians nationally to more aggressively seek out new writers, which was awarded in the Best of Lit. Series and published first in Library Journal and later by The Scarecrow Press. Through the 1980's, his poems were published in numerous literary journals and he gave readings across America as well as in London, England. Then he fell off the map.
For the next 30 years, Miller became a reclusive poet and author who did not aggressively pursue publication and stopped doing public readings, but never stopped writing, refining his craft, pursuing his own new hybrid verse form, alternately living abroad (mostly in Italy) and New York, while making ends meet as a teacher. In recent years though, he resurfaced, was the recipient of support from the New York Foundation for the Arts for this collection of poems, Lines from a Canvas, as well as his novel, Leviathan. He also wrote a free-verse libretto, Manhattan In Charcoal, for a modern opera released on CD last year. His poem cycle Blues from an Airport Bar was also set to music and released on the CD "Song Cycles."
Jacob Miller has three children and an avid interest in vintage motorcycles.