Joaquin Miller, "Twilight at the Hights"

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Joaquin Miller, "Twilight at the Hights"

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First in our series of "California Bohemian" broadsides. Poem by Joaquin Miller, the self-proclaimed "Bard of the Sierras" and renowned resident of the Oakland Hills. Handprinted in Packard Old Style on Stonehenge Paper. Linocut illustration by Jinny Pearce. 8 x 11.5 inches. 60 copies printed, limited stock.

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Joaquin Miller was the pen name of the American poet Cincinnatus Heine (or HinerMiller (September 8, 1837 – February 17, 1913). Miller moved to Oakland, California, in 1886 and built a home for himself he called "The Hights". He remained there until his death in 1913. Miller's home (dubbed "The Abbey") still stands, alongside numerous memorials built by the poet to commemorate other poets he admired.  Although beloved by many, Miller was not known for his erudition. He once rhymed "Goethe" with "teeth" and is reported to have said, "I'm damned if I could tell the difference between a hexameter and a pentameter to save my scalp."