The Difficult Farm, Heather Christle

The Difficult Farm

Heather Christle

Publisher: Octopus Books
PubDate: 9/5/2009
ISBN: 9780980193831
Binding: Paperback
Price: $12.00
Quantity Available: 75
Pages: 84
SKU #: F21F

Poetry. Third Edition. Joyfully imaginative and emotionally rich, Heather Christle's debut collection of poetry expands the palette and intentions of contemporary surrealism. THE DIFFICULT FARM finds sincere emotion and passionately serious ideas in such surprising subjects as a so-called assassin who is, of course, a washerwoman; television interviews on hibernation; and enormous, vibrating birds.

"This is serious. Heather Christle's poems in THE DIFFICULT FARM are dancing with the mysteries surrounding our condition and enlivening our language in the process. Christle's poems are magical but they're too busy to tell you that. These poems run and jump and float over an ever-evolving landscape where what's at work is the serious business of discovery. In this book you will make discoveries of all kinds. These poems will shoot you to the moon, but which moon?"—James Tate


Heather Christle is the author of What Is Amazing (Wesleyan University Press, 2012), THE TREES THE TREES (Octopus Books, 2011) and THE DIFFICULT FARM (Octopus Books, 2009), and a chapbook, The Seaside! (Minutes Books, 2010). Her poems have appeared widely in publications including The Believer, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and The New Yorker. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and at Emory University, where she was the 2009-2011 Creative Writing Fellow. She is the Web Editor for jubilat and frequently a writer in residence at the Juniper Summer Writing Institute. A native of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, she lives in Western Massachusetts.  

Reviews and Other Links
author blog
excerpt: "Acorn Duly Crushed" @ Boston Review
excerpt: "The Fledgling Crocus" @ HTMLGIANT
excerpt: "Stroking My Head with My DeceptionStick @ HTMLGIANT
excerpt: "One of Several Talking Men"@ HTMLGIANT
excerpts: three poems @ Front Porch
Chris Hosea @ Friends write books
Oscar Oswald @ The Offending Adam
Theobald @ Loads of Learned Lumber
Douglas Korb @ Barrelhouse
Tommy Jacobi @ Manchac
Erin McNellis @ NOÖ Journal
Angela Veronica Wong @ Sink Review

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