Summer 2004


Summer 2004

William Heyen

You of the grave’s greenhouse, lost son
writ in the roots & tendrils of Michigan,
you of selvers, stem-smuts, Prussian roses -
when I ascended Papa’s steps into your boyhood home
they were smothered in pollen,
& last night, first visitor in your high brass bed,
I dreamed that those acres within crazed panes
still existed, somewhere, I could breathe them
within such Time as for a few moments seemed
a delirium of blossom.


William Heyen's most recent books of poetry are Shoah Train (Etruscan Press) and The Rope (MAMMOTH Books). Carnegie-Mellon will re-issue his first book, Depth of Field (LSU Press, 1970), in its Classic Contemporaries Series this year, and MAMMOTH will publish Home: Autobiographies, etc., a book of essays. He lives in Brockport, New York



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