Ghost in the Reflection-Letters to Erin is the second full-length poetry collection that paints the voice of poet James F. Miller II. The book released on Friday, February 14, 2020, by Planet Productions Poetry & Press. It is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or Thebookpatch.com, amongst many other established and respectable book salesman
Ghost in the Reflection was part of a concept poetry series that originally appeared in a very raw, developmental stage on Channillo.com. The poetry series reflected the decaying of values, morals, and virtues of this present-day society. Miller captured from the voices of that society a culmination of imagery that brought to life the daily struggles of its people. His look into these struggles reveals that today’s people have become reduced to existing as recycled trash, like one of the bi-products of the better days that have passed, almost existing as zombies that have become the casualties of an unseen war. Those battered souls, the very dead buried in the oversight of the rich mans’ politics now stagger among its ruins. We reflect upon better days. Miller shows us there is hope, more than just some bleak grasping at the end of a candlestick kind of hope. And from this hope, we can pick up the pieces and reassemble our lives from no matter what state of ruin we fear that they have become.
Letters to Erin originally began with the intent to exist as a separate collection. Its goal was to address the chaos of the present-day love affair/relationship. The collection touches upon the ugliness embedded beneath the beauty, the passion of our painted surfaces that often do not match the underlying realities of its cruelest revelations. Miller breaks down the public spectrum of love through his trials and errors and the chaos of the wreckage that was left behind. Letters to Erin confronts head-on the heartbreak, indecision, and youthful pursuits for unattainable happiness like those promised in the childhood fairy tales we once upon a time fell asleep enjoying. Yet, shadowing those same promised hopes and dreams are modern vampires ready and eager to drain that light and life that fills our eyes and hearts and replace them with an empty pain unmatched in today’s stride. Like the pictures these words paint, every moment of our passions will become countered by oppositions and frustrations intended to create us as better people overall and all around. Yet as the poet paints very clearly, maybe we failed to take into consideration how doomed we are from this upcoming generation that eagerly dances in our shadows, steps upon our feet as it tries to pry from us the leading role in this boxed style dance.
This collection is one of the poet’s favorites. Unfortunately, Ghost in the Reflection-Letters to Erin did not enjoy the recognition that A Footnote for Tomorrow achieved by spending any period of time in the top new release charts. Many reviews can be found of this collection, all praising it highly. These reviews are readily available on both the Amazon site and the GoodReads site as well as blessing the pages of several blogs of international book reviewers.