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Cairn, Poems & Essays
Nominated for a 2020 Pushcart Prize by the publisher, Cairn is now available from Audible.
These poems and essays are small cairns pointing forward or inward on the human journey. They mark a trace each reader will recognize and illuminate the terrain more clearly.
This collection is a fusion, with the poems felt reverberating in the heart and below, the essays worming their way into the brain and memory. Miller’s first poem to survive after birth was discovered in a fortune cookie, another swimming in a cup of coffee. This is not your English teacher’s poetry.
After decades of reading and ogling poetry, Cameron Miller made room among the novels, newspaper columns, and preaching to hone poems amidst the wild beauty of northern-most Vermont and the pastoral beauty of the Finger Lakes. The elements of nature are this poet’s paint but he also paddles a gondola through the dark channels of the mind while lighting the way. Both poems and essays work on the reader from two direction, the brain down and the ground up. Poems like “I want to be Mary Oliver” seem whimsical at first but quickly instigate a new look at an old subject. Poems that immediately jump into deep water like “Depression,” offer a sense of liberation via blunt and unvarnished authenticity. Cairn speaks from these two hemispheres of the human experience in a way that aids those who start out with discomfort around poetry. It quickly demonstrate that poetry need not be a strange or inaccessible medium after all.
Author interview from Unsolicited Press, on the occasion of Cairn’s release
Thoughtwall Café, Espresso in the Third Season of Life
This novel is written about millennials for millennials, and for every generation now looking back at their twenties. It is a turbocharged twenty-first-century update of “The Fall,” by Albert Camus, but it is retrofitted for today’s twenty-somethings to do battle with those pernicious conundrums of the mind even Socrates and Freud fumbled.
Cressida Fruith, who changed her name in high school from Ruth while pulling an Emo persona over her life, is coming apart at the seams. An only child of a single parent with no extended family, she watches helplessly as her mother’s cancer progresses. Even the friendship of her oldest and best friend begins to fray. Enter Hobart Wilson, a much-maligned outcast stoner from her high school days. He infuriatingly becomes her mother’s closest companion, and confessor of a secret so dark and violent it will change Cressida’s future.
The Steam Room Diaries
What if the most sacred place on earth was not on a mountaintop, not in a cathedral or mosque, but in a dank dilapidated men’s steam room? That is where a defrocked priest encounters life and death, sex, drugs, and even rock ‘n roll in this spiritual fiction.
Here is a short essay on Medium.com:
“Listening to Dark Angels” in Poetry Quarterly, Summer Issue
WAITING SERIES “Alone Again at the Wok ‘N Roll” by Cameron Miller https://silverbirchpress.wordpress.com/2015/01/24/alone-again-at-the-wok-n-roll-by-cameron-miller-i-am-waiting-poetry-series/
WHERE I LIVE SERIES: “Eleven Below in Vermont” by Cameron Miller
“My Father Died Last Night” and “Wind on Snow” by Cameron Miller appearing in http://prolificpress.com/bookstore/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=105
The poem, “Mother Teresa’s God” appears in this international anthology available Eyewear Press (UK). Over two hundred poets from around the world explore the quest
Speaking, Readings, and Author Visits
Novelist, poet, and preacher, Cameron Miller, is available to schedule a visit to your church or group for a lecture, worship, or conversation. This is a review from an evening presentation at Canisius College.
“A mesmerizing evening of fiction and theological reflection, carefully pitched at the intersections of spirituality and secularity…Cameron Miller’s lecture was a most challenging and enjoyable event!”
Dr. Timothy Wadkins, Director Institute for the Global Study of Religion, Canisius College, Buffalo NY