From more than nine hundred poems left behind at the poet’s death, Donald Justice has chosen the seventy-four representative works that comprise The Comma After Love. By turns rueful and amused, intimate and restrained, these poems speak movingly about the difficulties of love and faith, the pleasure of friendship and poetry, the loneliness and disappointments of the solitary life. In his introduction to this volume, Donald Justice calls Raeburn Miller “a natural poet who found writing a thing he did simply as a part, an important part, of staying alive,” and discovers in these poems an “expansive and unshakably romantic spirit that drives the work and in the end proves exhilarating.”
Raeburn Miller continued to work in his own quiet way, convinced, surely, that his work was worth the effort and that someday, perhaps after death, a larger reading public would come to recognize its value. This volume provides that opportunity for those who knew his work and those who were denied that privilege.
—W. Kenneth Holditch, Louisiana Literature