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The Back Road to Arcadia

Published by Salmon Poetry

ISBN: 9781897648018

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"Michael Heffernan is one of those writers who can juggle a dozen objects of different shapes and sizes with the grace of an angel and no help from above. And all the while he will seem to be talking to you about the weather. And the weather that most concerns him is the soul's, in its poorly insulated home in the body."
Bonnie Costello

"Michael Heffernan has sustained and amplified a poetry of real intelligence, technical precision, and acoustic splendour. He is a writer who has hit his stride, sure-footed in his craft enough to let imagination run and leap and dance."
Thomas Lynch

Michael Heffernan was born in 1942 in Detroit, and grew up there, in a multi-ethnic working-class neighborhood, eight blocks from the Detroit River and Canada. He has taught the study and practice of poetry at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) since 1986. He regularly offers courses in Shakespeare, Yeats, Frost and Stevens. He began writing poems in 1958, and his subsequent work has earned three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts (US), two Pushcart Prizes, and the Porter Prize for Literary Excellence. His books include The Cry of Oliver Hardy (1979), To the Wreakers of Havoc (1984), both recently reissued by the University of Georgia Press; The Man at Home (Arkansas, 1988); Love's Answer (Iowa Poetry Prize, 1994); The Night Breeze Off the Ocean (Eastern Washington University Press, 2005), along with his two other books from Salmon, The Back Road to Arcadia (1994) and The Odor of Sanctity (2008). He and his wife, Ann, love being in Ireland. They have four grown children, three sons and a daughter.
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