A Look at the Door with the Hinges Off by Michael Heller


“I try to re-imagine what went into these poems, the experimental climate of those days, love of Webern’s ‘pointillist’ music, the background, not yet fully formed, in my love of poets like Williams, Creeley, Oppen, Olson, Zukofsky. Heady days, lighter days– looking back we can always find signs of where we’ve been. But I also find in these poems, portents of an open, hopeful futurity.” – Michael Heller 2006 on A Look at the Door with the Hinges Off (poems from the mid-1960s)

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Book Description

  • Kind: Chapbook
  • Pages: 24
  • Language: English
  • Available: Yes
  • Audio CD: Yes
  • ISBN: 1-933675-11-X


Of Michael Heller’s work George Oppen has written, these are “…. tone perfect poems- the tone, the scale, note by note, interval by interval- attack on the gods of ennui and loneliness.”

An Excerpt

In white suits, pagination permitted, the terrace washed in white paint, a light rain had fallen, which now the heat of the sun, pulsating behind the clouds, changed to steam. Ouzu was brought out by the waitress, a young girl with very white skin whose dark eyes hung in the white space of the scene like two dots in the negative of a photograph taken through a telescope trained on Sirius and Canis.

About the Author

hellerMICHAEL HELLER is a poet, essayist and critic. Among his many books are Exigent Futures: New and Selected Poems (Salt Publishing, 2003), Knowledge, In The Builded Place, Wordflow and Living Root, Uncertain Poetries: Selected Essays on Poets, Poetry and Poetics (Salt Publishing, 2005) His critical book on the Objectivist poets, Conviction’s Net of Branches received the Di Castagnola Prize from the Poetry Society of America. He is the recipient of many awards including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities, NYFA and The Fund for Poetry.