Poetry. In THE TREES THE TREES, the follow-up to Heather Christle's acclaimed first collection, THE DIFFICULT FARM, each new line is a sharp turn toward joy and heartbreak, and each poem unfolds like a bat through the wild meaninglessness of the world.
"You get the impression of the oracle at Delphi trying her hand at stand-up or jamming the broadcast of the nightly news: Christle's gift for welding surreal visions to living speech rhythms keeps unlocking new surprises, page after page. At least once per poem, you feel like the triple-bars just lined up in the slot-machine window, and you laugh or cry out."—John Darnielle
Author City: NORTHAMPTON, MA USA
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
Rachel Abramowitz @ The Kenyon Review
Publishers Weekly starred review
interview by Adrian Sobol @Aurora Literature Examiner
J. A. Tyler @ NewPages
Kim Gek Lin Short @ Bookslut
Theobald @ Loads of Learned Lumber
Winner of the 2011 Believer Poetry Award
text + audio: "Je m'appelle Ivan" @ PBSNewshour's Art Beat