Matrix (1-2)

David Miller


ISBN 978-1-959556-96-1      98 pages        $17.00


Miller’s impressionistic world of sight and sound, of memory and desire, is an unforgettable realisation of the movement of age.

     Ian Brinton


Matrix/matrices—I’m listening to Eartha Kitt sing ‘If You Go Away’ and imagine her reading this lyric epic / her voice dropping the pattern of words on the page like “rain on water” / a language of darkness and light moving from dark to bright: David Miller’s mystical seeds held in time that emerge from the intangible to form the tangible—embedded signs projecting images of love and sorrow: threads of birds rain bodies of water shadows of the heart illumination of love / the intersection of music, art and language—the beauty of love that that falls on the page like rain on water—the beauty of love that emerges like flowers sprouting from the seeds of the maternal / to be read and read again and then again for the poem to penetrate the soul.

     William Cirocco


Miller’s poetry in Matrix is minimalist, but it is not austere; it is spare, but generous rather than dry. As with his prose poetry, there are buried quotations and allusions, a richness of layering. And there is the balance of repetition, compositions of colour replaced by their words, simple ink drawings. One allusion not mentioned in the notes is to WS Graham’s ‘What is the Language Using Us for?’: ‘what the language/ isn’t asking us/ are we now being asked?’ Miller can turn the tentative, the tapping of the antennae, into an achievement of communication. This is real writing.

     Keith Jebb

David Miller was born in Melbourne, Australia, but has lived in the UK for many years. His recent publications include Black, Grey and White: A Book of Visual Sonnets (Veer Books, 2011), Reassembling Still: Collected Poems (Shearsman, 2014), Spiritual Letters (Contraband Books, 2017), Towards a Menagerie (Chax Press, 2019), Matrix I & II (Guillemot Press, 2020), Vitruvian Shadows (The Red Ceilings Press, 2020) and Some Other Days and Nights (above/ground press, 2021). He has compiled British Poetry Magazines 1914-2000: A History and Bibliography of ‘Little Magazines’ (with Richard Price, The British Library / Oak Knoll Press, 2006) and edited The Lariat and Other Writings by Jaime de Angulo (Counterpoint, 2009) and The Alchemist’s Mind: a book of narrative prose by poets (Reality Street, 2012). He is also a musician and a member of the Frog Peak Music collective., and has performed and recorded as part of The Mind Shop and with Louise Landes Levi, Ken White, Rod Boucher and others. Previous books and chapbooks have appeared from Enitharmon, Gaberbocchus, Arc, Stride, Reality Street, Burning Deck, Singing Horse, Chax, hawkhaven and Harbor Mountain.