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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....

Title : The Trees The Trees
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ISBN : 9780980193879
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Number of Pages : 60 Pages
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The Trees The Trees Reviews

  • Emmanuel
    2019-03-31 20:59

    my friend and i have a ritual of drinking red wine and reading poetry to each other. entire books swallowed in one sitting. no bathroom breaks, although some pausing for discussion of boys and breakdowns and breakthroughs are allowed. this wonderful collection is just like that moment you part from someone you love, even just for the night, and in walking away you glance backward and offer some kind of gesture, perhaps a wave or a more elaborate salute of some kind, even if they don't see, and it's that reassuring feeling that all things end, but this thing isn't ending right now, that there will be another episode of spilled wine and words. yeah. this book is kind of like that.

  • Sian Lile-Pastore
    2019-04-07 23:44

    I don't know how to write about poetry, so i'll just say that this was beautiful and reminded me of Twin Peaks somehow. Maybe it was all the trees.My favourite poem I think is 'Soup is one form of salt water'I like that it says 'I am making borscht [.....]my hands are bright pink like i have been applauding you for hours my love for you is louder than I know[...]I must use starfish to scrub at my hands.'

  • Shannon
    2019-03-22 20:58

    This book is the single best book of poetry I have ever read in my life. Heather Christle is the voice inside my head while I'm dreaming. I love her subjects--how effortlessly she fuses the natural world with technology in a way that won't feel dated no matter how far into the future people are reading it. Reading this was like someone put a blood pressure cuff around my heart, squeezed it as tightly as they could and then all of the air rushed out at once in a long hiss and I could feel everything. Strongly considering tattooing the complete text all over my entire body so I never leave home without it.

  • Bert
    2019-04-19 00:09

    Heather Christle is my new favourite author! There is something really arresting and unexpected going on with these poems. They are like little shrines. And they have really good titles. Something about the way each new line feels both flippant and profound at the same time. Love love love.

  • Never
    2019-03-21 20:46

    I like this even better than The Difficult Farm, and I liked that a whole lot. Heather Christle is easily one of my favorite poets right now.

  • emma
    2019-04-11 22:13

    like those weird dreams where things make half sense, but not really. leaves me sitting here like, “k but why”

  • Allya Yourish
    2019-04-06 16:04

    "I know where I'm going to die/ right here/ in my/ own honest body/ I avoid my body by sleeping" excerpted from Happy Birthday To MeHeather Christle's work is smart and weird and quirky and lively. She has a habit of putting together small incongruous details so that they build into this teetering, alien world. Her observations are sharp and strange, interwoven with human and sentiment. The Trees The Trees is a treat to read.

  • Jimmy
    2019-03-29 22:06

    Heather is playing 'house' in this book. I don't mean to imply the domesticity, but the pretend, the imagination, the whimsiness, and the playing of roles. Often, like an only child, Heather has to play all the roles herself.Half-Hedgehog Half-Mantalk to me I said okay said the tree and ittwinkled not like that I said I already knowthat talk to me about something new you monster it said that was a little better couldwe try this I said from a different perspectiveso we swapped places I was still the monsterthis would be easier if you could see the videoin the video there are all these owls like bang bang bang all over the tree which I was nowonly that might be clearer in writing because I was also still myself half-hedgehog half-manand that could be hard to communicate visually and also my man-jaw was glassMy EnemyI have a new enemy he is so good-looking hereis a photograph of him in the snow he is in thesnow and so is the photo I put it there becauseI hate him and because it is always snowing inthe photograph my enemy is acting like thereare no neighbors but there are always neighborsthey just might be far away he is 100% eviland good-looking he looks good in his parkain the snow if you asked he would call it ahelmet all he ever does is lie he does notbreathe or move or glow he is not that kindof man it is not that kind of snowSome of these poems work better than others. And it could just be me, but some of the humor is too clever here (on the page), though she makes it work so well when she reads it.

  • TinHouseBooks
    2019-04-14 17:47

    Elizabeth Pusack (Intern, Tin House Magazine): Heather Christle’s The Trees the Trees. I just read a review likening these poems to little mazes! The reviewer was talking about shape and staging, but Heather Christle’s writing does feel like very offbeat problem solving. So many riddles like this one with strange particulars, but particularly familiar cores: “I lost my phone I am using the baby monitor / instead it’s in the flowers nobody’s calling / but I know that someday you will it’s just plan math.” She does this awesome thing which is to offer sweetness and jokes and the sinister all at once! It was so good to hear these in her own voice a couple of times this fall. If she’s ever reading in your town, Go Listen!

  • i!
    2019-04-02 15:55

    Liked the project ok but kind of wish it was written for adults.

  • Eric M. R.
    2019-04-17 00:01

    Fantastic. Wrote a couple of poems inspired by these. Saw her read once in person, it was also fantastic.

  • Sarah Cook
    2019-03-28 20:44

    Significantly influenced the way I write poetry (and played a huge role in my dgp chapbook).

  • Dc
    2019-03-31 20:54

    i am re-reading this book AGAIN because it is awesome. i want to tattoo every 5th line on my body.

  • Gina
    2019-04-15 16:04

    i love these poems like fuckin WHAT, they busted my heart up and made her their girl.

  • dg
    2019-04-12 16:47

    And Yet I'm Not A Tree I have no relatives I can't move therefore I amcovered in snow my inability to speak has savedme from attending endless parties among myfriends i count the window opportunitiessurround me and fame the famous sidewalkthe famous building everything is fine I do notpossess a license in this state or any I'd liketo cry out any in my sleep I never do neversleep never turn around to watch the chimney Ido not know how to hold a rifle what birds havefor me is not respect

  • Kevin
    2019-03-27 18:50

    This may be one of the best books of poetry I've ever read.

  • Philip Gordon
    2019-04-14 22:06

    Listening to Heather Christle read her poems (I watched this video on Youtube for a sense of her voice), it's hard to say anything particularly negative about her poetry—while the voice in her center-justified ramblings plays at flippancy and coy disregard for expectation, her public speaking seems so meek and inward facing that she might burst into tears at any moment.That doesn't mean I'm going to pull my punches, but it did give me a different perspective on the voice her poetry was aiming for, and what my take on it might be as a result.To be completely honest, I'm torn about The Trees The Trees. Getting halfway into the collection, I felt almost tangibly frustrated—through nothing other than intuition, it seemed to me like Christle was simply vomiting words onto the page and calling it poetry. Her diction is simple, almost rudimentary, and she ambles and jumps between subjects and off-camera allusions with no rhyme or reason. Sometimes she tries to be snarky. Sometimes she tries to be sincere. I take it, from the blurb on the back-cover, she's almost always trying to be funny, but I didn't find myself laughing at all. I was pretty much ready to abandon the collection when I stumbled into some of the poems in the middle.From a poem entitled 'PARALLELOGRAPH':"everything is possible / and not happening / to me in this plausible room / despite the five thousand ways you might reach me / the phone is not ringing"Dang.There are a few moments like this right in a row, and they were enough to make me sit up, catch my breath, and grapple with the idea that this book might have some force in it after all. 'THIS IS NOT THE BODY I ASKED FOR' presents, through simplicity and contrast, an almost Whitman-esque urgency in Christle's thoughts. "people / how they are all so tender / how they / love to just go walk around /... and it hurts me / and they / bathe their dogs". I felt like Christle was tapping me on the shoulder, going, "See? I do get it!"Add a couple more of those and I was ready for this collection to become one of my favorite poetry books I've read this year.But then it dialed back again.Whether a product of happenstance, or fortuitous coincidence of personal resonance, only a few more poems in The Trees... hit me like those above. Christle very quickly drifted back into her detached rambling, and no matter how much close reading I did of any of her poems, I couldn't find the same enjoyment in that as I had the ones that seemed as though they actually had something to say.I'm not sure if the fault is mine there. I'm ready to admit I may have vacillated between more and less receptive moods; but a good book of poetry grabs the reader regardless, and I felt again almost angry at the book in front of me as I neared the end.Heather Christle is capable of great things, but it's obvious, even from her reading, that she doesn't seem to believe it herself. The way every poem in this collection was arranged in an identical fashion, the completely refusal to deviate into different forms, structures, moods, or ideas, turned me off investing in Christle's future work. There were moments of great poignancy inside The Trees..., but I'm not sure I'm willing to slog through forty pages of confusion in the future to find them again.I do feel bad tho. I don't think, from the feeling she ekes out in her poetry, and her persona as a reader or artist, that Christle is anything but sincere in her poetry; indeed, that's probably the case with every poet ever alive (barring anomalous money-grubbing exceptions)—so, for that reason, I don't feel bad saying I didn't enjoy Christle's poetry as a whole. All object is in its own proof; this was a collection for me to read and evaluate, and I did that. Perhaps not the place to come to terms grappling with the worth of a work of art versus an artist; but, let it be said here and now, that I'd be happy to buy Heather a cup of coffee if I ran into her, and that I'd still willingly attend a reading to hear her meander over some sad clumps of verse, in the hopes that she might bless the crowd with one of her gems.I just probably won't buy anymore of her books.

  • Valerie
    2019-03-31 21:12

    I really liked Christle's first book, and I also liked this one. I thought the line breaks were unique and I thought they suited the poems. The poems looked like prose poems, a big block of text, and the line breaks were spaces put into the sentences. There is no punctuation or capital letters, but the poem's flow is completely clear because of these spaces between phrases or sentences.I wish I read this when Christle was reading her poems over the phone for people who called her. What a fun idea! I know which one I would pick for her to read.My only issue with the book is the titles don't connect very well with the poems. When I was trying to look up poems I wanted to read again, I couldn't remember the titles of any of them and had to flip through the whole book each time.My favorites in the book:Soup is One Form of Salt WaterHalf-Hedgehog Half-ManKinds of WeatherThe Plan

  • Laurie
    2019-03-30 21:56

    When I read these poems, I wondered “How can anyone not want to be _______* ?” Insert any of the following: • in a hot air balloon • “an airplane with no pilot and no wings”• “the kind of handbag nobody weep into" • “at Space Camp permanently”(* All of these things really do happen in The Trees The Trees. If you identify with any of them, this book is for you.)Here is a speaker who elects to escape, or, at the very least, experience one thing at a time, when so much bombards. I admire this speaker; I, too, “have to take vacations to weep into myself.”The Trees The Trees have some mighty fine, confident poems. While themes (elevation, submersion, stoicism, accomplishment) and images (trees, but also sinister babies) show up again and again, these poems still feel like lily pads ("islands" seemed too ordinary a descriptor), not working together as closely as they seem to want to. This might be a shrewd calculation to allow form to mirror the speaker's sense of isolation, but I sure did want a little more connective tissue. Because it felt sad to leave each poem where it stood, and not carry a little part of it along to the next.

  • Bobby Dixon
    2019-04-11 18:51

    This was a good collection. I favorite of mine was, My Enemy:I have a new enemy he is so good looking hereis a photograph of him in the snow he is in thesnow and so is the photo I put it there because I hate him and because it is always snowing inthe photograph my enemy is acting like thereare no neighbors but there are always neighbors they just might be far away he is 100% eviland good looking he looks good in his parka in the snow if you asked he would call it ahelmet all he ever does is lie he does not breathe or move or glow he is not that kindof man it is not that kind of snow(Goodreads formatting kind of fucks up the spacing of this poem, so much so that I kind of don't even want to share it.)

  • Dominique
    2019-03-25 21:05

    'My enemy' (he does not breathe/ or move/ or glow/ he is not that kind of man/ it is not that kind of snow) is a-we-so-me.And then there's this reading of poems that's also pretty cool: (Gloria Evaluates The New Desert — at least it bangs her like a man).There's this podcast about Heather Christle that's interesting: are so many poems in this collection that make me jump and scream en smile and want to live and cry at the same time. There are so many things about it I don't understand.One of my favorite morning train commuting picks.

  • Nicole Testa
    2019-03-28 23:57

    I had been meaning to read this book by Heather Christle for a long time, after studying with her and seeing her read. I really enjoyed reading this book. It's unlike anything I've read before, which is refreshing. I've read plenty of poems that combine the ordinary with the surreal, but when she does it, the way she does it, the ordinary is more ordinary and the surreal is much more surreal - and it's wonderful. Writing about a family, the speaker becomes the house itself. In a poem about Christmas gifts, the speaker talks about wanting to return her own body as though it is a gift. A fun, dark, enlightening read.

  • Quailsp
    2019-03-21 18:02

    A friend of mine used to do writing workshops with Heather Christle and what she said is that when she would read Heather's work she realized that you don't have to wait thirty years or until you're old to be good, you can be really really good RIGHT NOW so GO DO IT.Also, never be afraid of total failure.Also, read this book.

  • Helen
    2019-04-17 18:47

    I have to admit, I've never been a fan of spacing within the lines of a poem like for example what I'm doing right now. To me it's never been an effective tool to evoke a pause, a thought. It just looks silly and feels disingenuous. So, obviously, I didn't really care for this book.

  • Cody Smith
    2019-03-21 18:13

    Everyone on goodreads goes on and on about how amazing this collection is, but I don't see it. It's not bad, but it never excited me. Is YA poetry a thing? That's what this collection of poems felt like.

  • Ruth
    2019-04-14 23:52

    I love Heather Christle. I would recommend finding a video of her reading her own work on Youtube. It enhanced the experience of reading them for me, as I could hear her voice in my head. That sounds weird - hopefully you understand what I mean.

  • Eric T. Voigt
    2019-04-04 19:13

    These were nice poems. All of them. My favorite were 'My Enemy' and 'Human Problems.' These were worth paying attention to. They brightened my physically uncomfortable day. I don't remember St. Patrick's Day taking such a toll last year.

  • Angelica
    2019-03-24 15:54

    Funky, experimental, cool; difficult to access; the form forces the reader to pay attention. I'd like to dip in and out of this in the future--not because I love it but because I think it's useful. It gives lessons in story-telling, perspective, form; it bends rules.

  • Jillian
    2019-04-17 19:08

    Got better as it went. Maybe me adjusting to her style? A lot of these ended choppily. My favorites were all near the end -- i know the air should not contain me, soup is one form of saltwater, and moving out.

  • Anca Maria
    2019-03-26 22:10

    I like the book.