In this extraordinary full-length collection, Alice Miller explores history, myth, scene, place, music and relationship in poems that marry charmed, syncopated rhythmic language and intricate, urgent metaphor. Human limits are tested, depths plumbed and boundaries traced - but Miller's aural swoops and metaphoric stretching are grounded always by charged, concrete details, whether in the crisp fields of Antarctica or outside the gates of Troy. Though often inhabiting these mythic presents or drawing on storied pasts
Among the crowds, you look for somebody who knows you, in the hope they'll tell a story you have not yet heard.
The commanding, fascinating poems in this book also feel urgent and relevant. Written with aplomb, The Limits isn't always comforting to enter - but difficult to tear yourself away from.
Alice Miller is a writer of poetry, plays, essays and fiction. She is the recipient of a Creative New Zealand Louis Johnson Bursary, the prize for the Landfall Essay Competition, the Royal Society of New Zealand Manhire Prize, and the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Premier Award for fiction. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop - where she was the Glenn Schaeffer Fellow - and an MA in Creative Writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters. She recently returned from a trip to Antarctica courtesy of Antarctica New Zealand . Miller grew up in Eastbourne, Wellington, New Zealand but has also lived and published in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in the Boston Review, The Iowa Review, the New Zealand Listener, Landfall, Sport and Best New Zealand Poems.