Depth of Field


A reissuing of Depth of Field, the debut collection of poems by William Heyen.

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A reissuing of Depth of Field, the debut collection of poems by William Heyen.

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John Irwin
"Depth of Field is . . . a brilliant first volume with a broad, coherent, and deeply moving design. . . . Suffice it to say that its author seems destined to be an important poet."
Joyce Carol Oates
"William Heyen is a remarkable poet. He writes with the wild, radiant, audacity of the visionary; yet his eye and ear are sharp, unsparing."
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Meet the Author

WILIAM HEYEN was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1940. A former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature in Germany, and recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters awards, he has published more than twenty books including Long Island Light (1979), Erika: Poems of the Holocaust (1984), Crazy Horse in Stillness (1996), Shoah Train (2003), and The Rope (2003). He edited September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond. He is Professor of English/Poet in Residence Emeritus at SUNY Brockport.

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Table of Contents

Winter Solstice
For Wilhelm Heyen
For Hermann Heyen
Birds and Roses Are Birds and Roses
The Spirit of Wrath
A Man Is a Forked Animal
The Bear
I Move to Random Consolations
The Mower
On the Thames
Boy of Gull, Boy of Brine
In the Asylum
Prose Poem
The Insect
The Spider
Loch Ness

The Dead
In Memoriam: Theodore Roethke
The Fourth Day
The China Bull
Depth of Field
Driving at Dawn
The Mind as Green Thumb
Indian Summer
The King's Men
Somewhere, Another Continent
The Stadium
Off the Hamptons
The Sacrament
To Live in the World
Prelude to an Epitaph
The Exhumation
The Deer
The Dark
The Doors
The Mist

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