February 2008

Kei Miller


Kei Miller is Jamaican and has been an International Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa. He currently teaches Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. Kei's latest poetry collection is There is an Anger That Moves (Carcanet, 2007) and his forthcoming novel is The Same Earth (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2008).
First Book of Chronicles

My grandfather worked on North Street
writing articles devoted to yam, seeds,
the art of growing callaloo in rows
as neat as newspaper columns.

He wrote about rain that never fell
enough in St. Elizabeth, farmers
who wore their waterboots like faith,
thieves who drove big trucks, the mooing cows

they summoned and silenced with sharp
blades, blood splashing all the way
to the moon. But there is a book
my grandfather never wrote the full of

a fiction truer than the earth
he chronicled, a story that would last
longer than the day, destined for more
than the wrapping of fish.

He wrote only three pages—
but there was no time, no time
with the cattle being stolen, seeds being broken,
the dramatic dirt demanding him.

(for Percy Miller, 1912–1997, Editor at the Gleaner's
Farmer's Desk)



Kei Miller: Poetry
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