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Ceremonial, available now from Orison Books

Full-length manuscript chosen by Carl Phillips as the winner of the 2017 Orison Poetry Prize.

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Interview about Ceremonial for Rob McLennan's 12 or 20

"The current of language swept me up and carried me with seductive grace. I found myself rereading phrases, sentences, and entire poems, eager to experience again how the words were strung together." - Lauren Kane, staff pick for The Paris Review

"Miller’s book is a strange testament, teeming with some of the most original poems you’ll encounter this year." - review by Nick Ripatrazone for The Millions

“In her luscious debut, […] [Miller] conjures powerful images of refusal to be confined by societal expectations of womanhood. On display is an inner life marked by the active embrace of both victories and defeats garnered in the face of defiance of others’ demands. […] In the process of discovering the self, Miller cuts a new path through an old wood.” - review by Publisher’s Weekly

"Miller is not afraid. She molds the human condition with myth and magic." - review by Grace Cavalieri for The Washington Independent Review of Books

"[F]or all their terrifying intensity, their clear and valid claim to the land of spiritual wrestling, [these] are also poems that delight. […] [A] deep, dark, glorious book." - review by Maggie Blake Bailey for Poetry International

"Carly Joy Miller is relentless. She doesn’t want you to breathe normally." - review by Matt Sutherland for Foreword Reviews

"Ceremonial is a feast where human made beasts made spirits come to cavort. Everything is a verb—nothing stands still in this document of strangeness and healing. One can only surrender to the raw power of Miller’s music." - review by Logan February for Wildness

"Her poems are restless, moving through myth and mantra, fable and consequence, seeking out the closest thing to truth that might be possible." - review by Rob McLennan

"The poems whisper; they shout; they remain silent for a moment, only to explode at the next moment." - review by Rajesh Subramanian for Modern Literature

 
 Credit Anhinga Press

Credit Anhinga Press

Like a Beast, available now from Anhinga Press

Chapbook chosen by Rick Campbell as the winner of the 2016 Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize.

Interview about Like a Beast at Speaking of Marvels

"Miller’s skilled employment of sound heightens the tension strung through so many of these poems." - review by Tyler Robert Sheldon for The Los Angeles Review

"Bestiary-inspired, Like a Beast rips through mannered narrative and guts postured syntax and grammatical law; Like a Beast bites down to a visceral, emotional core that lies beneath the civilized logic that envelopes even the would-be ‘wildest’ poems. Like a Beast begs you follow it, then hunts you back." - review by MK Foster for Black Warrior Review

"Feral and indignant, each poem in Carly Joy Miller’s Like a Beast is like a small tamed beast: wild inside, but bridled." - review by Anita Olivia Koester for Fork and Page

"Her language is feral and gorgeous, and the way she manipulates sentence structure is everything that you would want out of poetry." - review by Gina Vaynshetyn for Hello Giggles, listed as one of her 27 Best Books of 2017