Michael Heller

Speaking the Estranged: Essays on the Work of George Oppen

Speaking the Estranged brings together the work by Michael Heller on the distinguished American Objectivist poet George Oppen (1908-1984), written over the past twenty years since Heller's first book on the Objectivists, Conviction's Net of Branches. These essays cover the range of Oppen's poetry and the ways it has been read at all stages of his career, from his overtly Objectivist roots through his abandonment of poetry for political activism in the thirties to his renewed poetic productivity after the 1950s. Heller's sustained and astute attention to Oppen, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1968, illuminates what many consider to be one of the most remarkable, complex and original bodies of work in twentieth-century literature.

"In a poetic generation that has frequently settled for small answers, Heller's work insists upon the largest questions."--Rain Taxi
A selection from twenty years' writing by Michael Heller on George Oppen

This Constellation Is A Name: Collected Poems 1965-2010 (Nightboat Books, 2012), Beckmann Variations & other poems (Shearsman, 2010), Eschaton (new poems) (Talisman, 2009), Two Novellas: Marble Snows & The Study (ahadada press, 2009) are all available fro