What Is Amazing

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Inspired by a voracious curiosity about humans and other subjects, the poems in Heather Christle’s What Is Amazing describe and invent worlds in an attempt to understand through participation. The book draws upon the wisdom of foolishness and the logic of glee, while simultaneously exploring the suffering inherent to embodied consciousness. Speakers play out moments of bravado and fear, love and mortality, disappointment and desire. They socialize incorrigibly with lakes, lovers, fire, and readers, reasoning ...
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Overview

Inspired by a voracious curiosity about humans and other subjects, the poems in Heather Christle’s What Is Amazing describe and invent worlds in an attempt to understand through participation. The book draws upon the wisdom of foolishness and the logic of glee, while simultaneously exploring the suffering inherent to embodied consciousness. Speakers play out moments of bravado and fear, love and mortality, disappointment and desire. They socialize incorrigibly with lakes, lovers, fire, and readers, reasoning their way to unreasonable conclusions. These poems try to understand how it is that we come to recognize and differentiate objects and beings, how wholly each is attached to its name, and which space reveals them. What Is Amazing delights in fully inhabiting its varied forms and voices, singing worlds that often coincide with our own.
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Editorial Reviews

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“…look out for Heather Christle’s What is Amazing; Christle has been generating lots of buzz in poetry circles for her jumpy poems about, among other things, love.”—Craig Morgan Teicher, Publishers Weekly

“Christle’s third collection can be offhandedly dark and spikily funny (“Was that a gunshot or / was it a look of temerity”). Swans are murderers, some husbands so small one must lie down to chat. Then come the epiphanies.”—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

“My sincere thanks to Heather Christle…”—Jackson Sabbagh, The Faster Times

“(T)he poems in What is Amazing radiate with boundless joy and celebration, rich in an enthusiasm that so much other poetry lacks. …These poems are wonderfully fresh, and the sytax startles in such strange ways, electrifying subtle musing against the absolutely fantastic and banal. Her poems know full well how to live in the moment, and capture the same.” —Rob McLennan

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For her third full-length collection, Christle expands her formal palette while retaining the inquisitiveness and playfulness that have made her poems so intoxicating to her growing number of fans. The tight lineation and white-space experiments of her previous work remain, but here she uses shorter lines in poems that mix a sense of childlike naïveté with grown-up investigations of the troubles of romantic entanglement as well as more ephemeral topics and unfamiliar mental spaces: “and your body is a long silk bag/ full of lightweight batteries/ arranged on the floor.” Yet Christle threads existential darkness and black humor throughout these poems, as in the title piece in which “That man thinks he is a man/ but he is a candle.// Who will tell him?/ He will be destroyed// and his wife will be on fire./ Life is tough for that man especially.” Hip and almost self-consciously contemporary, but also alive to the often overwhelming excitements of the Internet age, Christle’s new poems will beckon more readers her way. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780819573698
  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publication date: 3/4/2013
  • Series: Wesleyan Poetry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 790,065
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

HEATHER CHRISTLE has taught at Emory University and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, and is the author of The Difficult Farm and The Trees The Trees.
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Table of Contents

The Seaside!
Self-Portrait with Fire
Teamwork Should Come from the Soul 3
If You Go into the Woods You Will Find It Has a Technology
People Are a Living Structure Like a Coral Reef
Moss Does Not Love Other Moss
No Light and No Hands
An Activity
How Like an Island
More of Form Is More of Content
It Is Like Surgery But It Is Not Surgery
Talk Radio
Taxonomy of That November
Way out in the Country
I’ll Be Me and You Be Goethe
More Swans and More Women
Such a Lovely Garden
Wallpaper Everywhere Even the Ceiling
We Are Not Getting Anywhere
The Small Husband
Bash
Saturday
It Feels Like It Is on Purpose
Up Again with the Night
The Angry Faun
In Accordance
The Spider
Difficulties
I Am Coming Over
A Very Remarkable Story
And Then We Clap Ourselves Together
What Is Amazing
What Will Grow Here
Happy and Glorious
Parking Lot
Go and Play Outside
Some Combinations
I will Know You by Your Red Carnation
Ladies a Basket
Last Time I Wore This Sweater
For Henri
To Do
Infinitives
Route 109
Classic Hook Shape
Under the Moon the Knocking
Directly at the Sun
A Long Life
Basic All Things Bright and Beautiful
Acknowledgments
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