Unrest, Poetry Chapbook



I’m excited to announce that my first poetry chapbook, Unrest, was published by Finishing Line Press in February 2013. Unrest illustrates the experience of loss through food, foreign language, travel, visual art, and more. This collection allows what once was to be resuscitated.

Purchase a signed copy of Unrest by emailing me (chloemiller(at)gmail(dot)com) the number of copies you'd like to order, preferred mode of payment (check or Paypal) and your mailing address. I will email you an invoice. The cost is $14.00 a book, plus $2.00 shipping and handling per copy.

RenĂ©e Ashley, author of Basic Heart, writes of Unrest, These poems rest easily in the world because they are so much of it: family, love and loss, mixed inextricably in the crucible of food, of consideration and preparation, literal and figurative, of artichokes and lemon water, tomatoes, figs, of guava paste on dry toast, foods that seduce and sustain us.”

Thomas Lux, author of Child Made of Sand, says, “This is an exceptional debut by a young poet unafraid of being understood while at the same time writing with utter originality. Read this book!”

(Read the full blurbs here.)

For a preview, click through to read these previously published poems:


Will You in Storyscape 

Color of the Sea in Cortland Review (read the poem's background story)

No Infinitive in Poets Online

The First in WordArrangement

Salty in the Examiner

East Coast readings and book signings are scheduled for this winter and spring. Click through to see when I'll be reading near you. 

I invite you to learn more about the cover art and the definition & history of the chapbook. You might be interested in reading more about the editing process here and as a guest blogger on Margaret Rozga's For Words blog. Andi Cumbo, from Andilit, posed interesting questions in this author interview. Erika Dreifus, on her blog Practicing Writer, asked me about the collection's unifying structure. In February, I was invited to participate in the Next Big Thing Interview project and to guest blog for poet Lori Desrosier about ordering the manuscript. Summer 2013, Unrest is included in the Poets House Showcase.

Thank you for your support.


Reader & Reviewer Comments:

So it’s no wonder that food runs throughout Miller’s poems. True chefs know a good meal does more to comfort us when we’re mourning than a preacher’s platitudes. We’re fed and we feel better. Perhaps not well, perhaps not healed, but cared for and, however modestly, uplifted. Food, in sorrow, lets us share our grief, just as in joy it lets us share life’s sweetness. When the speaker of Miller’s “Color of the Sea” confesses, “I spoon seasonal mint gelato into my poems,” I'm grateful for the taste."
- Eric LeMay's review in Alimentum, the Literature of Food


Miller’s strength as a poet might be summarized with her phrase “The flexible / syntax translucent…”  Poems in Unrest offer readers a coherency of voice, imagery and themes they’d expect from a chapbook, yet with the bonus of seeing language for some of its muscle and sinew.
- John Olski's review in Verse Wisconsin



The last, and longest, poem in this chapbook is called “Haunt Me. Repeat.” If Miller required me to “unrest” as a prerequisite for becoming her reader, then this may be my response. “Haunt me. Repeat.” Job done.
- Jude Marr's review in Ghost Ocean Magazine


It's official: the publication of Unrest, the splendid poetry collection by the resplendent Chloe Yelena Miller, assures that the holiday season continues, for these lines alone:

"Some people believe in god, the words we gave him
so he could speak to us. I believe in the physical:

Your knee raising to step into the shower.
The excuse of night to press fully against you."

Do yourself or someone else a solid and get this book. Happy Extended Holidays! Cheers.
- Joey Nicoletti, author Cannoli Gangster


I love how this poet obsesses over language, caresses it, plays with it, exposes it.  Mangos, Duccio's gold, Roman artichokes, peach-faced lovebirds are just a few of the vibrant moments that will stay with me for a long, long while.
- Maya Pindyck, author author Locket, Master


Just got my copy of "Unrest." Love it! As for Return to Sorrento (as the song goes) to a "land that became foreign," I grew up in that area and that's why I never go back despite the "mancanza" that you mention. I "have" hunger too, but can't satisfy it, but your booklet helped. It resonated.
- Chris Costanzo

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Anonymous said...

I love how this poet obsesses over language, caresses it, plays with it, exposes it. Mangos, Duccio's gold, Roman artichokes, peach-faced lovebirds are just a few of the vibrant moments that will stay with me for a long, long while.

Maya