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The Night Breeze Off the Ocean
Michael Heffernan

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Expected: July 2012

Eastern Washington University Press
2005 • 96 pp. 6 x 8"
Poetry / Poetry - American

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-910055-98-7

A collection of poems by Michael Heffernan.

Michael Heffernan uses his powerful affinity for strong, taut language to offer us a dose of Irish sensibility and a dash of sorrow and joy. This latest collection will excite his followers and convert the rest of us. Through an artful mastery of language and image, The Night Breeze Off the Ocean delves deep into the layers of human consciousness and blurs the line between living and dying, reality and imagination, tragedy and bliss.

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"Michael Heffernan is a wonder, his new poems crooning from self to soul and back again. What do you call such virtuosity? A congress of iambs! He can sing to me any day. . . ."—Alan Michael Parker, author of Long Song with Motor Vehicles and Days Like Prose

"To write poems that combine reason and feeling so well must require a smart heart and a mind capable of love. Michael Heffernan has what it takes to lead us, line by line, to a place where emotion and thought remarkably occupy the same ground."—Billy Collins, author of Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems and former U.S. Poet Laureate

MICHAEL HEFFERNAN's previous books include To the Wreakers of Havoc (Georgia, 1984), The Man at Home (Arkansas, 1988), Love's Answer (Iowa Poetry Prize, 1994), and Another Part of the Island (Salmon Poetry, Ireland, 1999). He has won two Pushcart Prizes and three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was born and grew up in Detroit, where he was educated by the Jesuits before pursuing his graduate degrees in literature at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He has three sons, Joseph, James, and Michael Eamon, along with a stepdaughter, Natalie Luer. He lives with his wife, Ann, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he has taught creative writing at the University of Arkansas since 1986.

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