Michael Heffernan Presents: The Night-Watchman's Daughter
Join us at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, March 15 for an evening with poet Michael Heffernan. He will be reading from his latest book, The Night-Watchman's Daughter. Heffernan's distinguished work has been widely praised. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins stated, "To write poems that combine reason and feeling so well must require a smart heart and a mind capable of love. Michael Heffernan has what it takes to lead us, line by line, to a place where emotion and thought remarkably occupy the same ground."
The Night-Watchman's Daughter redounds from poetry itself as a muse who recognizes the poet in the form of a father figure. None of this has much to do with the poems themselves, which belong to the imagination via the unconscious. The act of making the poem happens in its own place, in a time at once past and future, where the present has no space.
Michael Heffernan has taught poetry and the writing of poetry in the Program in Creative Writing and Translation of the Department of English at the University of Arkansas since 1986. His twelve books of poetry include The Cry of Oliver Hardy (1979), To the Wreakers of Havoc (1984), Love's Answer (1994), Another Part of the Island (1999), The Night Breeze off the Ocean (2005), At the Bureau of Divine Music (2011), and his new book, The Night-Watchman's Daughter (2016). Like four earlier books, this latest was published in Ireland. Michael Heffernan's many awards include three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He and his wife Ann live in Fayetteville.
Books will be available to purchase and a book signing will follow the reading.