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Shoah Train, William Heyen

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Author William Heyen aka Bill HeyenEtruscan Advisory Board member, William Heyen, born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1940, is Professor of English/Poet in Residence Emeritus at SUNY Brockport. He has been awarded Fulbright, NEA, American Academy of Arts & Letters, Guggenheim, and other fellowships and prizes. Etruscan’s Shoah Train (2003) was chosen as one of five finalists in poetry for the 2004 National Book Awards. Etruscan also published his September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond (2002), The Confessions of Doc Williams & Other Poems (2006), and A Poetics of Hiroshima (2008). He is the author of eighteen books of poetry.

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Shoah Train was chosen as one of five finalists in poetry for the 2004 National Book Award.

Over the decades Heyen has most often thought, studied, and written about the Holocaust. His ground-breaking collection The Swastika Poems (Vanguard Press, 1977) was revised and expanded to Erika (1984). Thirteen more of these poems appear in Falling from Heaven (Time Being Books, 1991). Now, Shoah Train collects more than seventy poems written over the last dozen years, lyrics of “discipline and honesty and courage and restraint,” as Archibald MacLeish described The Swastika Poems. Experiencing the new poems in Shoah Train, readers will find themselves in the voice-presence of one of our most important poets.

Publication date: December 2003

Read an excerpt of Shoah Train

Read Philip Brady on William Heyen in 2006 Provincetown Arts via the link here –> Heyen.pdf