The Walking Man is a selection of the best of William Heath’s mature and reflective poetry. These vital poems capture Heath’s grim wit, direct style, eloquent voice, varied form and eye for the incongruities of American life. Each poem has the knack to say it straight and get out with clear images and a clarity of thought.
Praise for The Walking Man
William Heath is in my opinion one of the most brilliantly accomplished and gifted young poets to appear in the United States in quite some time. I am especially moved by the delicacy and precision of the language, which indicates a distinguished intelligence, and by the purity and depth of feeling in all of his poems. —James Wright
William Heath is a gifted and mature writer and his work merits a wide public audience. —Philip Levine
The Walking Man is the work of a poet who knows how to tell a story. —Richard Wilbur