Knock Knock / Edition 1

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Knock Knock chronicles the odd and unnerving, the beautiful and tragicomic—the lyrical in everyday life. Poems are inquisitive, introspective, erotic, sharp.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Hartley's first book is full of appetite and steeped in European culture--it will make you want to book a one-way ticket to Paris or Naples. Hartley is always attentive to sound, her poems carefully worded but not overwrought; even the table of contents reads like a poem: "The Sorceress of the Russian Sauna," "Sleeping with War and Peace." By turns sexy and wry, Hartley (the Paris editor of Tin House) reminds us that it "takes time and careful attention/ to pluck, savor and suck out / your breathtaking core," but also, in "Advice for the Hirsute," that "you can only wax your crotch so long before finally, finally / the hair creeps back like dark widow's weeds." She treats hunger as a source of humor, delighting in mistranslated menus--"filet of duck with gentle fruit sauce . . . a duet of three pairs"--but also as means of grieving, questioning, and coping: "is it bad luck to eat the salami of a dead man?" Underneath the wit of Hartley's work, there is something probing, as if she is seeking to lay the sad world bare: "I've written all over the city in these black boots." (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887485190
  • Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
  • Publication date: 1/4/2010
  • Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

HEATHER HARTLEY is Paris Editor for Tin House magazine. Her poems, essays and other work have appeared in Tin House, Mississippi Review, Post Road and other magazines, and in the anthologies Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast, The World Within, and Satellite Convulsions: Poems from Tin House. She lives in Paris, where she co-directs the Shakespeare & Co. Literary Festival.

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Table of Contents

This is a fugue for the lost art of aching.
Artichoke Horoscope
The Karma Club
Knock Knock
Full Pleather Moon
Nudes in a New England Barn
To My One Love's Letter
Advice for the Hirsute

New Year's in Napoli: Twenty-four Resolutions and Curses
The Cardboard Confidante of the Camorra
The Madonnas of Montepertuso
Elegy for Napoli
This heart was made for stomping—think twice, yous too.
The Amazing Madame Barba of Montepertuso
Partner, my partner

The Sorceress of the Russian Sauna
Sleeping with War and Peace
Our Lady of the Russian Baths
Rhapsody in Blue in Front of a Statue of Alexander Pushkin
The Prix-fixe in Petersburg

Epilogue in a City Garden
The Flying Machine, or Elegy for the Twentieth Century
La Bete humaine
Broad Strokes in a Wine Bar
The Bibliotheque nationale
Soiree with Shark Suicide
The Seventh Art in the Sanatorium

Rapunzel on an Ironing Board
In a Train Tunnel
Director of the Feast
Decoupage and the Dark Experiment
For Death and the Maiden
Postcard Home
Postscript by a Park Bench
Sweet Woodruff

Elegy in India Ink

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