Monday, February 24, 2014

Review of "Postcards" by E. Ethelbert Miller

"Postcards" by E. Ethelbert Miller was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on February 24, 2014.  A link to the poem, including the poet's notes as well as links to additional poems by the same poet, may be found here:  http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23888.

E. Ethelbert Miller (b. 1950) is the Founder and Director of the Ascension Poetry Reading Series, and the Director of the African American Resource Center at his alma mater, Howard University.  He is the author of several published books of poetry and the recipient of prestigious awards and honors.  Additional biographical information may be found here:  http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/485?utm_source=PAD%3A+Postcards+by+E.+Ethelbert+Miller&utm_campaign=poemaday_022414&utm_medium=email.

"Postcards" was meant to be deeply personal, as the poet's notes reveal.  However, the message is obvious to the point of being cliché.  The final line deviates significantly from the otherwise fairly uniform free verse for reasons which are unclear, and ends with a preposition.

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