In his poem, "Settings," Seamus Heaney, asks, "Where does the spirit live? Inside or outside/ Things remembered, made things, things unmade?" In the Western tradition of lyric poetry, Philip Heldrich's Good Friday examines the essence of self forged in the spirit of place. His poems, like those of William Stafford, James Wright, and Robert Bly, ask difficult questions about the nature of our souls, about our wavering faiths, and our desire for deeper revelations. Rooted in the landscape of the Great Plains, these are poems of searching. Filled with tenderness and compassion, humor and irony, Good Friday takes its readers on much more than a journey of words into a world of prairie fire, barbed wire, migrating birds, tall grass, and wind.
A recipient of the Council on National Literatures Award, PHILIP HELDRICH directs the creative writing program and Bluestem Press at Emporia State University in Kansas. His poetry, prize-winning fiction, and essays have appeared in The North American Review, Connecticut Review, South Dakota Review, Southwestern American Literature, Chariton Review, Poet Lore, Weber Studies, The Kerf, Potpourri, Midwest Quarterly, and others. He currently co-edits Flint Hills Review and is vice-president of the Southwest American Culture Association.
What Readers Are Saying:
"In his magnificent poem 'Momentum,' as throughout Good Friday, the poet Philip Heldrich, like the late W. C. Williams, demonstrates audaciously how, while 'pulled and tugged in the swirl of rush hour traffic,' we can, out of the American quotidian, locate and frame that which is beautiful." --Jonathan Holden
"Philip Heldrich writes shapely poems that go places and share some wisdom with us. . . . He can capture a good deal of territory in a limited number of well-crafted words." --X. J. Kennedy