If you're thinking about a new tattoo, may I recommend dropping your finger onto any random phrase in Heather Christle's new book? That's how keen her ear for the off-the-cuff aphorism is, how neatly her lines break into glistening parts. 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
Heather Christle's second collection, The Trees The Trees, is ecstatic, breathless, full of incandescent humor and wonder, full of miniature moment s hums, pocked with graceful elisions and gasps; there is spell bound play and intense intimacy in each gap toothed, center-justified prose poem. Read and love her seemingly spontaneous utterances spun from her rapt attention to daily life, nature, solitude, romance, to her own reeling and enchanting imagination. --Cathy Park Hong
About the Author
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.