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Joseph Mills

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About Joseph Mills:

 A faculty member at the Univeristy of North Carolina School of the Arts, Joseph Robert Mills has degrees in literature from the University of Chicago (B.A.), The Univeristy of New Mexico (M.A.), and the Univeristy of California-Davis (Ph.D).  His published works include poetry, fiction, drama, and criticism.  Additionally, with his wife Danielle Tarmey, he is co-author of A Guide to North Carolina's Wineries (John F. Blair, Publisher).

Mills has 5 volumes of poetry published with Press 53. 
 His scholarly works include the critical anthology Century of the Marx Brothers (2007).  Reading Louis L’Amour’s Hondo (2002) and Reading Richard Brautigan’s Trout Fishing in America (1998) have been included in Boise State University’s Western Writers Series.  His poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac on National Public Radio.

Mills displays a wry sense of humor in his very accessible poetry, which often focuses on the charming everyday moments of life.  His collection of wine poems, Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers (2008) is a wonderful example of the wit, sensitivity, and powers of observation that are hallmarks of all his poetry.
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Joseph Mills, American poet

As we move
from the couch,
we knock over a glass,
splashing Beaujolais
across the rug,
our discarded clothes,
the wall,
and in years to come,
we might stop,
turn on the lights
and search the kitchen
for towels and salt,
confident we have time
to savor later
a passion that has matured
and deepened with age,
but now, unsure
or unwilling to delay
even for a moment
the pleasure of this
fresh pressing,
we ignore the spill,
continue flowing
towards the bedroom,
immersing ourselves
in one another's
intoxicating newness.

from Angels, Thieves, and Winemakers: Wine Poems , Joseph Mills (Press 53, Winston-Salem, 2008) Copyright 2008 by Joseph Mills.  Posted at with the permission of Joseph R. Mills.

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Angels, Theieves, and Winemakers
Second Edition
Released April, 2015.  New Wine Poems!  New arrangement!  

The Miraculous Turning (2014)

  Sending Chrismas Cards To Huck and Hamlet (2012)

   Love and Other Collisions (2010)

  Somerwhere During the Spin Cycle  (2006)

 A Guide to North Carolina's Wineries (2007)
Danielle Tarmey)

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