2010 Title » Poetry
Knock Knock chronicles the odd and unnerving, the beautiful and tragicomic—the lyrical in everyday life. Poems are inquisitive, introspective, erotic, sharp.
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.
Heather Hartley steps forth boldly and beautifully through this first published volume of her poems. Her tread is light but sure and elegant. She knows where she comes from and is tracing by writing several destinations. The road consists of the making of self through the wellcrafted stories of multiple empathies and the discipline of poetry. She reminds us that poetry can be all-encompassing when the public is a private sorrow or joy, but also transformative when the words gather to become shape and sound.
Heather Hartley's first book of poems breathes new life into language at every turn. These poems are so sly and sweet, so smart and sexy—from the poet's bemused observation of a man on the subway holding a toilet seat, to her commemoration of the haunting suicide of four sisters "in India ink." In her linguistic playfulness, she's lithe and muscular as a gymnast. All the angels may be out to lunch, as she says, but all the flags in her heart are flying.
Heather Hartley writes the kind of poetry many of us are starved for, a poetry without borders, passionate about what we savor the most on our tongues—languages, foods, lovers.
To purchase Knock Knock by Heather Hartley, please contact our distributor, University Press of New England toll free at 1-800-421-1561 or by fax at 1-603-448-9729. The book is also available online at UPNE, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other fine retailers.
To request a copy for review, please contact the Carnegie Mellon University Press Editorial Offices at (412) 268-2861 or by email at CarnegieMellonUniversityPress@gmail.com.