Jane Miller

May You Always be the Darling of Fortune

May You Always be the Darling of Fortune

Themes: Youth, tough decision making, regret

Message: Even if you make all the responsible and seemingly right choices, you will regret not living when you grow old and unable to act as if you are young.

The author tells the reader that she " trust(s) your absence " in the joys of youth, but she warns to not let the years slip away.

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"The imperceptible change begins

out of an old rage and glistens, chaste, with its new

craving, spring."


This exert demonstrates the author's yearning for youth again. She thinks as a child that adulthood will be the best years of her life, but once she enters it, she realizes that youth is the ultimate heaven.

Jane Miller

  • Born and raised in New York City
  • Has received the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Award and the Western States Book Award, as well as fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
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“I use and have brought forward many of the reasons why I was attracted to painting into my poems. For example, I make use of color and design, so the structure of poetry, that’s related, and it’s a lot like making the underpainting for a painting.”

-Jane Miller

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