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Pterodactyl Rose: Poems of Ecology
In the title poem of Pterodactyl Rose, the speaker tells us that when he peers into his rearview mirror, he imagines the air behind him filling with the bodies of those ancient creatures his engine is burning. He says he is wild with prayer and longing, as we all are, entering a century that may determine whether mankind will have a long tenure on this planet or will be ...more
Paperback, 61 pages
Published September 1st 1991 by Time Being Books
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What I admire most about this book is the enormous risk Heyen took in trying to write about the death of our world. But it's a subject that lends itself to naivety, preachiness and didacticism. Still, there are a few gems in here, which is why I didn't give the book two stars.
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, Harpers, ...more