The Difficult Farm

(Octopus Books, 2009)

"This is serious. Heather Christle’s poems in THE DIFFICULT FARM are dancing with the mysteries surrounding our condition and enlivening our language in the process. Christle’s poems are magical but they’re too busy to tell you that. These poems run and jump and float over an ever-evolving landscape where what’s at work is the serious business of discovery. In this book you will make discoveries of all kinds. These poems will shoot you to the moon, but which moon?"

-James Tate

"THE DIFFICULT FARM is where you’ll find surprising jolts of the sweetest kindness delivered via poetry that’s new, urgent, blessed, beautiful, careful, tenacious, a little scary, very scary, and awfully generous to us all. When I read a poem by Heather Christle I’m awed."

-Dara Wier


Douglas Korb at Barrelhouse
Chris Hosea at Friends Write Books
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Tommy Jacobi at Manchac
Erin McNellis at NOÖ Journal
Oscar Oswald at The Offending Adam
Angela Veronica Wong at Sink Review
Seth Abramson at Huffington Post
Robert Schnall at Boston Review