What Is Amazing

(Wesleyan University Press, 2012)

"If one aspect of poetry’s work is to capture the texture of subjectivity in any given moment, then Heather Christle’s poems may well be one of the places readers turn when they want to know what it was like to be young and paying attention in the early 21st century. These sly, nimble notations of consciousness feel like pages from a secret notebook, but they’re oddly bold and forthright, too. Christle is a kind of psychic seismograph, recording the major and minor tremors that ripple through her awareness, and her poems are wide awake.” 

Mark Doty

What Is Amazing is irreverent and frequently very funny, skillfully written, and well crafted. Although it doesn’t show it all that much. Just the right amount.”  

—Juliana Spahr


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