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Author: Michael Heller

Michael Heller's poems first appeared in print in the nineteen-sixties while he was living in a small village on Spain's Andalusian coast, a period he describes in his book, EARTH AND CAVE (Dos Madres Press, 2006). In 1967, he returned to the U.S, taking a teaching position at New York University. Since then, he has published over twenty-five volumes of poetry, essays, memoir and fiction. Among his most recent works are CONSTELLATIONS OF WAKING (2019), DIANOIA (2016), THIS CONSTELLATION IS A NAME: COLLECTED POEMS 1965-2010 (2012), and SPEAKING THE ESTRANGED: ESSAYS ON THE WORK OF GEORGE OPPEN (2012). Since the nineteen-nineties, he has been collaborating with the composer Ellen Fishman Johnson on multimedia works including writing the libretto for the opera, CONSTELLATIONS OF WAKING, which premiered at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2000. Among his many awards are grants and prizes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Poetry Society of America and The Fund for Poetry. A collection of critical essays on his work, The Poetry and Poetics of Michael Heller: A Nomad Memory was published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press in 2015. A frequent traveler to Europe, he resides in New York City and spends his summers in the Colorado mountains. He is married to the poet and scholar Jane Augustine.

Beckmann Variations & Other Poems
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Beckmann Variations & Other Poems

Shearsman Books

Poetry. Ekphrasis, that ancient mode found in Homer's description of Achilles' shield or Keats's Grecian Urn, is here transformed in Michael Heller's meditations in poetry and prose on work by the painter Max Beckmann. Heller navigates, sometimes wi...

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Constellations of Waking
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Constellations of Waking

Dos Madres Press

Poetry. "According to recent star maps, the planet Saturn in its wobbling transit moves through such well-known constellations as Scorpio and Sagittarius, momentarily altering their configurations. Like those star-clusters in the night sky, this wor...

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Dianoia
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Dianoia

Nightboat Books

Poetry. DIANOIA continues this acclaimed poet's investigations into language, culture, the intersections of recent history, philosophy and human possibility. In a multi-genre approach, making use of poetry, prose and graphics, Heller articulates wit...

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Earth and Cave
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Earth and Cave

Dos Madres Press

Poetry. Literary Nonfiction. Memoir. "In a mixture of precise prose interspersed with pared-down, almost haiku-like poems, Heller's meditation embodies the harsh life and landscape of the indigenous population, along with the ever-lurking mystery an...

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Eschaton
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Eschaton

Talisman House, Publishers

Poetry. "Like the Renaissance and Neo-classical poets who speculated on the Great Chain of Being and microcosm-macrocosm relationships, Heller communicates a vision of human life as related to natural processes of great intricacy and magnitude. He s...

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Speaking the Estranged: Essays on the Poetry of George Oppen
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Speaking the Estranged: Essays on the Poetry of George Oppen

Shearsman Books

Literary Nonfiction. Poetry History & Criticism. This expanded edition of SPEAKING THE ESTRANGED brings together Michael Heller's writings on the work of George Oppen (1908-1984), one of America's most remarkable and distinguished poets. Heller's es...

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This Constellation Is a Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010
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This Constellation Is a Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010

Nightboat Books

Poetry. From his early spare poems written in Spain to the recent ruminative work exploring language, tradition (often Jewish and diasporic) and the self, this book collects four decades of Michael Heller's "tone perfect poems" as George Oppen descr...

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Uncertain Poetries: Selected Essays on Poets, Poetry and Poetics
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Uncertain Poetries: Selected Essays on Poets, Poetry and Poetics

Shearsman Books

Literary Nonfiction. Poetry History & Criticism. These essays concern the uncertain nature of twentieth century poetry. Dealing with such major figures as Pound, Stevens, Moore, Oppen, Duncan, Niedecker, Lorca, Rilke and Mallarmé and of poets in mor...

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Wordflow: New and Selected Poems
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Wordflow: New and Selected Poems

Talisman House, Publishers

Poetry. "Michael Heller has one of the most distinctive voices to be found in contemporary poetry. WORDFLOW: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS showcases a major talent that will engage the readers mind and imagination on every page. 'To the morning traceries a...

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