Denise Miller

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Ligatures by Denise Miller Ligatures reveals the honesty and depth that is lost in the media that reports on murders of black people by police. Using first-hand accounts, as reported, Denise Miller forces us to closely examine our perception of American dogma and it’s reality. What we see in ourselves and in others and what we want to see for our own comfort. Questioning our own values and hypocrisy. Coming from multiple angles these poems affirm the passive collective blind unjustifiable wrong across the nation. Readers will feel these lives, love them and hurt for them and ponder the destiny of justice.


Sample Poems

•“What I Learned at the Academy: Another Officer’s Confession” in Rattle online


About the Author

Denise MillerDenise Miller is a professor, poet, and mixed media artist whose publications include poems in Dunes Review, African American Review and Blackberry: A Magazine. She was named the 2015 Willow Books Emerging Poet, an AROHO Waves Discussion Fellowship awardee, a finalist for the Barbara Deming Money for Women Fund, and a Hedgebrook Fellow. Her full-length book, Core, was released by Willow Books in November 2015 and has since been nominated for a 2016 American Book Award and a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Miller has also been named a 2016 William Randolph Hearst Fellow at the American Antiquarian Society. She lives in Kalamazoo, Michigan.



Cover art by Bridget A. Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-931307-32-1
Cover price: $6.00
Chapbook: 36 pages
Size: 6″ x 9″