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Release: Aug. 31, 2001
Pulitzer Prize winning poet Anthony Hecht returns to Iowa to read from
new book Sept. 13
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anthony Hecht, a former student
of the University of Iowa Writers Workshop, will read from his new collection,
The Darkness and the Light: Poems, at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13
in Room 101 of the UI Biology Building East. The reading, sponsored by the
Writers Workshop and the UI International Writing Program (IWP), is
free and open to the public.
During his visit to the UI, Hecht will also meet with current students in
the Writers Workshop and participants in the IWP for a question-and-answer
The Darkness and the Light is Hechts eighth volume of
lyric and formally rigorous poetry, a body of work that includes the Pulitzer-winning
The Hard Hours in 1968, and the 1998 collection Flight Among
the Tombs: Poems. In the 1990s he delivered the Mellon lectures in poetry,
which became the book On the Laws of Poetic Art.
Glyn Maxwell wrote in The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry
in English: The work of Anthony Hecht shatters the cozy notion
that a fragmented, fractured age should be reflected in the forms of its art,
that ugliness and shapelessness demand payment in kind. Like Auden, he has
absorbed the evils and grotesqueries of his unhappy century into a verse both
highly formal and all-encompassing, stitching wounds with iambs, sculpting
pentameters of sustained, Latinate beauty, sounding a healing music.
Tim Gavin wrote of The Darkness and the Light in the Library
Journal, Hecht has revealed the scope of his craft in his quality translations
of Horace, Baudelaire and Goethe; here, he pays homage to his predecessors
by bringing to light the strong connection between contemporary and biblical
themes in such poems as Sacrifice and The Road to Damascus.
An exceptional book of poetry, Hechts latest endeavor is highly recommended
for all poetry collections.
Hecht has received the Bollingen Prize, the Ruth Lilly Prize, the Loines
Award, the Librex-Guggenheim Eugenio Montale Award, the Harriet Monroe Poetry
Award and, in 2000, the Robert Frost Medal from the Poetry Society of America;
and fellowships from The Academy of American Poets, the American Academy in
Rome, the Ford Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller
Foundation. He is a Chancellor Emeritus of The Academy of American Poets.
During his academic career he taught at several universities, including
the University of Rochester and Georgetown University.