Writer and Artist

Lynn Miller is the author of a number of works of non-fiction, as well as a painter whose dominant style is that of abstract expressionism. 

 

Lynn Miller is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Temple University. He is the author of a number of works on world politics, including Organizing Mankind, and Global Order: Values and Power in International Politics, and a novel, Crossing the Line. He is the co-author (with Lloyd Jensen) of Global Challenge, (with Annette H. Emgarth) of French Philadelphia, (with James McClelland) of City in a Park, and (with Therese Dolan) of Salut! France Meets Philadelphia: The French Presence in Philadelphia's History, Culture, and Art, which will be published by Temple University Press in 2019. He is currently at work on a memoir, Postcards from Delphi.

 

 

Artist: Paintings

Lynn Miller's Paintings

As a painter, Lynn Miller seeks to explore through visual means aspects of the world he studied as a humanist and social scientist (he is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Temple University). He explores in a vivid and painterly way what he imagines may underlie our experience of complex phenomena. He makes visual our ideas and sensations. He began as a landscape painter. Landscapes remain behind his work, which is increasingly abstract, with references both to the physical world and to states of mind. He seeks the dazzling visual moment, and to reveal aspects of our shared human experience. He views himself as principally a humanist in his approach to art, but one with an analytic bent.

 

This is "gestural painting, yet marked by painterly finesse and sensitive use of color . . . Lynn Miller favors an at-times-unnerving isolation of elements, then attempts to reconnect them with much vigor." Victoria Donohoe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 12, 2011, review of "Abstracted, Take Five," at Muse Gallery, Philadelphia.

 

 

Today's Poem

Earth Angels

 

          See how that white-hot planet, blazing bright,

          Has pierced the sable velvet of the sky

          So that another pinprick dot of light

          Beams through the punctured drape where angels fly!

          See how it shines among its neighbors there!

          They sparkle side by side as if, instead

          Of light-year distances apart, they share

          The ambit of a curtain's single thread.

          But wait! This planet moves from its last berth,

          Not circling like our world in unfelt flight

          About the sun, but, rising from our earth,

          Now pounds its way to Paris through the night.

              In flight, like splendid angel bands we are;

              On earth, we take an airplane for a star.