The Cry of Oliver Hardy

Poems by Michael Heffernan

Reviews

"The collection shows a keen handling of poetic forms. Heffernan demonstrates not only humor and wit but declares a willingness to fall flat on his face in the pursuit of serious play. This is a difficult assignment, and Heffernan performs well. He is like a good basketball guard bringing the ball up court against an equally good press; when he can't go to his right, he goes to his left; when he's stopped there, and can't pass, he dribbles and prays. To change the figure, he is often like a stand-up comedian who is not about to keep his feelings out of his patter. 'The Crazyman's Revival' and 'Nineteenth of April' are good examples of this."
—Gary Gildner


Description
Michael Heffernan's is a unique, controlled, yet oblique and interesting poetic voice, full of intelligence and marvelous self-awareness. This book is a sustained and professional performance, practiced and yet full of delightful chances.

Page count: 72 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5

 



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List price: $17.95
978-0-8203-3294-9
7/1/2008

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Michael Heffernan is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of six other books of poetry, including To the Wreakers of Havoc (Georgia); Love's Answer, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize; The Night Breeze Off the Ocean; and The Odor of Sanctity.