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A collection that explores inherited trauma on an individual and communal level, from a National Poetry Series-winning poet who "refus[es] the mind's limits" (Carol Muske-Dukes) Borderline Fortune is a meditation on intangible family inheritance--of unresolved intergenerational conflicts and traumas in particular--set against the backdrop of our planetary inheritance as A collection that explores inherited trauma on an individual and communal level, from a National Poetry Series-winning poet who "refus[es] the mind's limits" (Carol Muske-Dukes) Borderline Fortune is a meditation on intangible family inheritance--of unresolved intergenerational conflicts and traumas in particular--set against the backdrop of our planetary inheritance as humans. As species go extinct and glaciers melt, Teresa K. Miller asks what we owe one another and what it means to echo one's ancestors' grief and fear. Drawing on her family history, from her great-grandfather's experience as a schoolteacher on an island in the Bering Strait to her father's untimely death, as well as her pursuit of regenerative horticulture, Miller seeks through these beautifully crafted poems to awaken from the intergenerational trance and bear witness to our current moment with clarity and attention.


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A collection that explores inherited trauma on an individual and communal level, from a National Poetry Series-winning poet who "refus[es] the mind's limits" (Carol Muske-Dukes) Borderline Fortune is a meditation on intangible family inheritance--of unresolved intergenerational conflicts and traumas in particular--set against the backdrop of our planetary inheritance as A collection that explores inherited trauma on an individual and communal level, from a National Poetry Series-winning poet who "refus[es] the mind's limits" (Carol Muske-Dukes) Borderline Fortune is a meditation on intangible family inheritance--of unresolved intergenerational conflicts and traumas in particular--set against the backdrop of our planetary inheritance as humans. As species go extinct and glaciers melt, Teresa K. Miller asks what we owe one another and what it means to echo one's ancestors' grief and fear. Drawing on her family history, from her great-grandfather's experience as a schoolteacher on an island in the Bering Strait to her father's untimely death, as well as her pursuit of regenerative horticulture, Miller seeks through these beautifully crafted poems to awaken from the intergenerational trance and bear witness to our current moment with clarity and attention.

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  1. 4 out of 5

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    Teresa K. Miller ΦBK, Barnard College-Columbia University, 2003 Author From the publisher: Borderline Fortune is a meditation on intangible family inheritance--of unresolved intergenerational conflicts and traumas in particular--set against the backdrop of our planetary inheritance as humans. As species go extinct and glaciers melt, Teresa K. Miller asks what we owe one another and what it means to echo one's ancestors' grief and fear. Drawing on her family history, from her great-grandfather's exp Teresa K. Miller ΦBK, Barnard College-Columbia University, 2003 Author From the publisher: Borderline Fortune is a meditation on intangible family inheritance--of unresolved intergenerational conflicts and traumas in particular--set against the backdrop of our planetary inheritance as humans. As species go extinct and glaciers melt, Teresa K. Miller asks what we owe one another and what it means to echo one's ancestors' grief and fear. Drawing on her family history, from her great-grandfather's experience as a schoolteacher on an island in the Bering Strait to her father's untimely death, as well as her pursuit of regenerative horticulture, Miller seeks through these beautifully crafted poems to awaken from the intergenerational trance and bear witness to our current moment with clarity and attention.

  2. 4 out of 5

    W.J. Herbert

    Borderline Fortune is Teresa K. Miller’s incantatory address to the dead, to the as-yet unborn, and to we who occupy the tenuous border between them. Her speaker explores the fluidity of existence questioning, throughout the collection, what we perceive to be our individual and collective legacies. Interspersed throughout, short italicized poems act as a chorus meant to advise and console us. The first section “To the Dead,” is a requiem, asking “All the mortals on the stoop—/how to revive them, Borderline Fortune is Teresa K. Miller’s incantatory address to the dead, to the as-yet unborn, and to we who occupy the tenuous border between them. Her speaker explores the fluidity of existence questioning, throughout the collection, what we perceive to be our individual and collective legacies. Interspersed throughout, short italicized poems act as a chorus meant to advise and console us. The first section “To the Dead,” is a requiem, asking “All the mortals on the stoop—/how to revive them, usher them in.” Though the speaker decides “No personal/god will resurrect to offer grace…” she nevertheless engages in a search for meaning. Suggesting a fluidity beyond her own experience, the speaker says: “If I had a child, she was already mine. We did it backward/skipping time.” The collection’s rich imagery is tied to the physicality of the landscape whose contours mirror the contours of the soul. “What am I if not a meadow, a rat/tunneling through the scraps…” But there is respite when the speaker says: “It wasn’t all bad, was it. Didn’t we in the slant/light have fun.” The collection’s final poem returns the reader to the borderline of its title as, “A ripple of photons/banded at the margin, where we jumped/one state to another.” Within the book’s own borders, Miller’s speaker offers a visceral and satisfying contemplation of life’s mysterious “fortune.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Gabriel

    ARC given by NetGalley for Honest Review "Borderline Fortune" is the short-form poetry collection we've all been waiting for. It's rich with metaphor, energy, and emotion. Poems flow and ebb together as they are not titled so we move with the direction of Miller's words. Most times this is stream less but I was getting some whiplash between poems. I was a fan of the italicized interludes that specifically spoke to the reader. This was done in a way that landed authentically rather than preachy. ARC given by NetGalley for Honest Review "Borderline Fortune" is the short-form poetry collection we've all been waiting for. It's rich with metaphor, energy, and emotion. Poems flow and ebb together as they are not titled so we move with the direction of Miller's words. Most times this is stream less but I was getting some whiplash between poems. I was a fan of the italicized interludes that specifically spoke to the reader. This was done in a way that landed authentically rather than preachy.

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