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Ribbons: The Gulf War: A Poem

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In this past year of our first war in the desert and the amnesiac parades which numbed our national conscience, William Heyen kept writing how the war hurt. Far from what used to be called the front lines, himself torn with Marianne Moore's old knowledge that there never was a war that was / not inward, William Heyen stood watch for us all. These dark and brilliant Ribbons ...more
Audio Cassette, 56 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by Time Being Books
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Jennifer Collins
Often reading like something of a poetic journal more so than a poem, this work has some striking moments and comes across as frighteningly current & relevant--even more than two decades after publication. Heyen's blend of nature, 'current' events/war, and personal understanding is impressive, and a fairly powerful example of what a long poetic sequence is capable of when focused in to a particular exploration.

All told, this isn't a simple read, and it's also not as dated as it should be gi
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William Heyen was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940, and raised in Suffolk County by German immigrant parents. His graduate degrees are from Ohio University. A former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American Literature in Germany, he has been honored with NEA, Guggenheim, American Academy of Arts & Letters and other awards. His poetry has appeared in the Atlantic, The New Yorker, Harper’s, Amer ...more