Kevin Miller is a Tacoma poet who taught in Washington state public schools for 39 years. He has appeared in numerous poetry publications; “Spring Meditation” is his sixth volume of poetry. Miller, who was a Fulbright exchange professor in Denmark, is well known among Yakima-area poets and has many close friends in Yakima.
Miller was scheduled to give a reading at Inklings Bookshop in 2020 just as the pandemic lockdown began. So many of us missed to know about the “Vanish” collection, which was published by Wandering Aegus Press. The poems in “Vanish” cover topics such as family, marriage, children, and the past. They are about our personal history and what has disappeared.
Now, two years later, Miller’s latest collection, “Spring Meditations,” has been released. Miller will have a late poetry reading at Inklings Bookshop at 1 p.m. on SaturdayMay 21th where he will read from “Spring Meditation,” a collection of baseball poems. MoonPath Press approached Miller with the suggestion that they publish a poetry volume of his baseball poems that were part of his earlier collections.
If you enjoy good poetry and/or if you like baseball, then you’ll enjoy Miller’s latest book. His poems deal with his life as a young catcher on school teams and local baseball leagues. There are poems about playing with his father, other family members, and friends. There are poems about famous players from the past. The Seattle Mariners and their players are mentioned in some of the poems. I think there is a lot for the fans to enjoy.
They asked me what my favorite poem in the book was. I’m not sure, can I choose 10?
• Kevin Miller’s “Vanish” was published by Wandering Aegus Press in January 2020. It retails for $18.
• Kevin Miller’s “Spring Meditation” was published by MoonPath Press on April 1st. It sells for $11.
• Sue Domis works for the Inklings bookstore. She and other Inklings staff members check out books in the Sunday Explore section every week.