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The Candle: Poems of Our 20th Century Holocaust by: William Heyen

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For this book collection, the author has selected about 150 poems from eight previous books, and concludes with a new collection of 46 poems. In the face of such obscenity that stains our 20th century, how is it possible that we might stay sane, might honor the innocent victims of unspeakable horror, might remember, and might even dare to attempt to compose poetry despite Theodor
Adorno’s injunction that after Auschwitz only a barbarian would write it.

The author comments about this collection: “I suppose that The Candle is the record of my attempt to come to grips with Elie Wiesel’s reminder: ‘If you have not grasped it until now, it is time you did: Auschwitz signifies death — total, absolute death — of man and of mankind, of reason and of the heart, of language and of the senses. Auschwitz is the death of time, the end of creation; its mystery is doomed to stay whole, inviolate.’”

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About The Author

William Heyen was born in Brooklyn, NY. A former Senior Fulbright Lecturer in American literature in Germany, he has won NEA, Guggenheim, the American Academy & Institute of Arts & Letters, and other awards. His graduate degrees are from Ohio University, and SUNY recently awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. He edited September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond (Etruscan Press). His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines and anthologies. His Crazy Horse in Stillness won the Small Press Book Award, Shoah Train was a finalist for the National Book Award, and A Poetics of Hiroshima was a selection of the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle. He is Professor of English/Poet in Residence Emeritus at the College Brockport.

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