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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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The Good Nights
Joseph Mills, American poet

On the good nights
when the bottle’s empty
we just want
just a little more,
half a glass,
a few sips,
a taste.
We know
this desire
can be dangerous
to pursue,
that it can make
mornings difficult,
so usually we
brush our teeth,
let the dog in,
lock the doors,
but sometimes,
even as we say
We really should
get ready for bed,
instead of loading
the dishwasher
we will search
for the corkscrew,
all the while
shaking our heads
in wonder
at this willingness
to ignore the clocks
and the fact we have
to work tomorrow,
this irresponsibility,
this evidence
even after all these years
of the unquenchable desire
for each other’s company.

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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