In A Poetics of Hiroshima, Heyen has broken through to face full square what has been working its way to the surface through several of his highly praised earlier books: the interfusions, in art and in our desire for art, of beauty and atrocity. Joyce Carol Oates calls Heyen "a remarkable poet in whom the 'visionary' and the unblinkingly 'historical' are dramatically meshed."
William Helmuth Heyen is an American poet, editor, and literary critic. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Suffolk County. He received a BA from the State University of New York at Brockport; he earned a doctorate in English from Ohio University in 1967