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The Trees the Trees by Heather Christle
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Jun 12, 12

Read on June 12, 2012

I am still somewhat in shock. These poems are beautiful, funny and borderline mystic. There is a distinct and unpredictable rhythm to them. I bought this book on recommendation without even realizing that John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats was the one who wrote the blurb recommending it. He summarizes it better than I ever could:

"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."

If you like poetry you will like these poems. Highly recommended.

Highlights: "The Whole Thing Is the Hard Part," "Inside Terminal E," "Poem Consisting Entirely of Advice," "Soup Is One Form of Salt Water," "Trying to Return the Sun"
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