Mills, Tyler 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014
with Larry Sawyer and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas
Chicago Cultural Center


I sense the trees’ light filtering the room–
knowing nothing about the tulip tree
canoe flipped so its stomach slopes up,
scuffed by quartz tumbled in the shallow drag.
I’ve walked here in the wetness holding rain,
endangered lady slippers dipping petal shoes,
dashes of pink in mud–and you’re not here.

– Tyler Mills, “Blue Mountain Lake”

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Listen to Tyler Mills read for the Poetry Center of Chicago’s Six Points Reading Series, with Larry Sawyer and Lina Ramona Vitkauskas:

Tyler Mills begins at 2:27 minutes.

You look like a monster, one woman said to another.
The woman was on fire. This is the first of two screws
twisted into a wall. One bus is sent on its route minutes before
the other. This is the first. Thousands of soldiers were lowering
their faces to the grass, as though an exercise
can will an effect.

– Tyler Mills, “First Thing”

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Read an interview with Tyler Mills from The American Literary Review:

An Interview With Tyler Mills

An Interview with Tyler Mills Interview conducted by Karl Zuehlke Karl Zuehlke (KZ): When I read your poems in Tongue Lyre, I find myself constantly intrigued in the most enjoyable way by how you negotiate your subject matter. Greek myth, classical music, writers and visual artists often offer you the opportunity to write from a persona or…

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