Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) by David Miller
“The word ‘spiritual’ is, in this volume, ripped away from the New Age and returned to its sources in Kabbalah and early Christian (gnostic) writings. But it carries with it the world as we have it now. A heap of horrors, remnants, a sense of the feminine under assault, and the drive to love. Therefore the dimensions are multiple and unstable. To be human is to be a spiritual entity more aligned with nature than with culture, and therefore to rebel. I am happy to have and to hold this book.”—Fanny Howe
David Miller was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1950, and has lived in London, England, since 1972. His recent publications include THE WATERS OF MARAH (Singing Horse Press, 2003 / Shearsman Books, 2005), The Dorothy and Benno Stories (Reality Street Editions, 2005), and IN THE SHOP OF NOTHING: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (Harbor Mountain Press, 2007). He has compiled British Poetry Magazines 1914-2000: A History and Bibliography of “Little Magazines” (with Richard Price, The British Library, 2006) and edited The Lariat and Other Writings by Jaime de Angulo (Counterpoint, 2009). He has been working on the Spiritual Letters project since 1995. A double CD recording of David Miller reading Spiritual Letters (Series 1-5) is available from LARYNX (London).
Towards a Menagerie by David Miller
Towards a Menagerie. isbn 978-1-946104-17-5. Short Fiction. 136 pages.
by David Miller
These are children’s stories for adults, you could say… and they have the sort of quirkiness, humour and wisdom that might be expected from such an enterprise. Read… and enjoy.
Miller is a conjurer of narrative, pulling not rabbits but marsupial mouse, flamingo and others out of the hat or from behind the reader’s ear. Said ear takes delight in the adventures of this intrepid gang. The animals have a hard time but they come through. As does the reader, entertained, educated and re-humanised by this encounter with the Other.
(Anthony Rudolf, from the Afterword)
This is a book for dreamers and those who can still summon up what WH Hudson called the animism of childhood, or delight in Buddhist Jataka Tales and Beatrix Potter, Kipling and Calvino’s Invisible Cities. The living world speaks to us. One of my favorite characters is Antechinus — the pouched mouse (marsupial, really) of Miller’s Australian homeland — a fine example of convergent evolution. Throughout his career, David Miller has been drawing the unlikely worlds together in crystalline structures. You want to look forever; you learn what lucid means.”
In Towards a Menagerie, David Miller (Spiritual Letters), that versatile polymath, hooks up Kenji Miyazawa with Ub Iwerks—and Ovid!