Malcolm Miller

  • Died: September 5, 2014
  • Location: Salem, Massachusetts

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SALEM – Mr. Malcolm H. Miller 84, of Salem, died at home Friday, September 5th, 2014 of natural causes.

Born in 1930, he was the son of the late Joseph and Alice (Ginsberg) Miller. He was a graduate of McGill University in Canada.

An honorably discharged veteran, he served his country as a member of the United States Navy.

Mr. Miller was a prolific poet whose first book, "The Kings Have Donned Their Final Mask," was chosen one of the Fifty Books of the Year 1969 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts. Notable among his dozens of poetry titles are "The Emperor of Massachusetts" (1970) and "The Summer of the True Gods" (1978). An iconoclast whose original voice revealed a disdain for hypocrisy and piety, he turned in the last three decades to self-publishing 58 collections of poetry including "Into the Higher Air" (1992), "The Country of Pure Music" (1992), "Poems that Need You" (1993), "Amazing Stranger" (1998), and "I have Wasted My Life So Beautifully" (2001).

He gave up writing because of ill health in 2013 shortly after he was selected as the featured writer in the literary magazine "Soundings East." Miller authored many wry and acerbic letters to the editors of the Salem News, the Jewish Journal and the Boston Globe. A lifelong friend of poet and songwriter Leonard Cohen, Miller loved beauty, women, literature, classic films, and the Red Sox. His writings are available at the Salem Public Library, the library of Salem State University, and especially the library of McGill University in Canada.

Malcom was predeceased by his parents Alice and Joseph Miller of Salem, and his siblings Harvey, Lawrence, and Myra. Malcolm also left many nieces.

ARRANGEMENTS:Relatives and friends are invited to his funeral service which will be held graveside in the Veterans Section (Chapel Hill) of Greenlawn Cemetery, Orne St., Salem, Wednesday, November 19th at 1 P.M.. Please gather at the main gate of the cemetery at 12:45 P.M. for escort to burial site. Assisting the family with the arrangements is The O'Donnell Funeral Home 46 Washington Sq., (At Salem Common) Salem. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit