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The Trees The Trees by Heather Christle
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Oct 05, 2011

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bookshelves: and-a-half-stars, female, poetry, year-2010s
Read from October 03 to 05, 2011

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-Man
talk to me I said okay said the tree and it
twinkled not like that I said I already know
that talk to me about something new you
it said that was a little better could
we try this
I said from a different perspective
so we swapped places I was still the monster
this would be easier if you could see the video
in the video there are all these owls like bang
bang bang all over the tree which I was now
only that might be clearer in writing because I
was also still myself half-hedgehog half-man
and that could be hard to communicate visually
and also my man-jaw was glass

My Enemy
I have a new enemy he is so good-looking here
is a photograph of him in the snow he is in the
snow and so is the photo I put it there because
I hate him and because it is always snowing in
the photograph my enemy is acting like there
are no neighbors but there are always neighbors
they just might be far away he is 100% evil
and good-looking he looks good in his parka
in the snow if you asked he would call it a
helmet all he ever does is lie he does not
breathe or move or glow he is not that kind
of man it is not that kind of snow

Some 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.
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message 1: by Jonathan (new) - added it

Jonathan I am going to a reading of hers next Tuesday (in Seattle)! I enjoyed The Difficult Farm. I have this book, but haven't read it yet.

By the way, Jimmy, I just bought your chapbook.

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