The Cry of Oliver Hardy


Title Details

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 07/01/2008

ISBN: 9-780-8203-3294-9

List Price: $17.95

Related Subjects

POETRY / American / General

The Cry of Oliver Hardy


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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 any yet full of delightful chances.

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

About the Author/Editor

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.