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Mayapple Author William Heyen reads at famed Writers Forum, SUNY Brockport – Wednesday Nov. 28th

William Heyen will be at the College at Brockport (Brockport, NY) for the Writers Forum on Wednesday, November 28th, at 8:00 pm in Cooper Hall

His two Mayapple books are “The Angel Voices” and the recent “Straight’s Suite for Craig Cotter and Frank O’Hara“.

Heyen’s has a long association with Brockport, having taught there for over thirty years. He is also a former director of the Writers Forum. A former Senior Fulbright lecturer in American literature in Germany, Heyen has won Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, and other awards. His work has appeared in the Atlantic, the New Yorker, Harper’s, and in hundreds of other magazines and anthologies. He edited September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, and is the author of some 25 books including Crazy Horse in Stillness (winner of the Small Press Book Award) and Shoah Train: Poems (a Finalist for the National

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Straight’s Suite for Craig Cotter & Frank O’Hara – William Heyen

Straight's Suite for Craig Cotter & Frank O'Hara - William Heyen

Straight’s Suite for Craig Cotter & Frank O’Hara – William Heyen

Poetry. Paper, Perfect Bound. 86pp.
$14.95 plus s&h
2012, ISBN 978-1-936419-11-1

The 52 lyrics that make up William Heyen’s newest collection of poetry are at once a nod to the progenitor of American poetry of sexuality and the body, Walt Whitman, and a communication addressed to the late Frank O’Hara, famed member of the New York School of poets in the 1950s and 1960s. In his 1959 Personism: a Manifesto, O’Hara describes a poetry that “address[es] itself to one person (other than the poet himself), thus evoking overtones of love without destroying love’s

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The Angel Voices: A Poem – William Heyen

The Angel Voices: A Poem - William Heyen

The Angel Voices: A Poem – William Heyen

Paper, perfect bound, 66 pp
$14.95 plus s&h
2010, ISBN 978-0932412-881

The Angel Voices is a sort of “luminous dream,” sometimes so real you can feel the heat. In this elegant and haunting work, William Heyen pours forth prophetic words of an almost divine nature. The poems search through images of grace and beauty as well as the grotesque, such as furrows dug to “drain off / human fat / the pyres congealed / with firefolk / villages of them / cities of them….” This gorgeous cycle is so ripe with sound and song that we hear the angel voices in every syllable.


Memory that
by William Heyen

horseshoe crab drags
its dagger
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