Heather Green



Heather Green's poetry collection No Other Rome is forthcoming in 2021 (Akron Poetry Series). Her poems have appeared in AGNI online, Barrow Street, Bennington Review, Denver Quarterly, Everyday Genius, the New Yorker, and many other journals. She is the author of two chapbooks, No Omen and The Match Array, on LATR Press and Dancing Girl Press, respectively.  She is the translator of Tristan Tzara's Noontimes Won (Octopus Books, 2018) and Guide to the Heart Rail (Goodmorning Menagerie, 2017). Her translations of Tzara's work have appeared in Asymptote, Open Letters Monthly, Poetry International. She teaches in the InterArts program in the School of Art at George Mason University.

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Noontimes Won
by Tristan Tzara

Released June 1, 2018

In Noontimes Won (Octopus Books), here translated by Heather Green, Tristan Tzara floods the pages with a torrent of images. In this translation of Tzara’s 1939 collection, in cosmic imagery beside communist imagery, we see Tzara’s peripatetic mind haunted by the death and destruction he’d witnessed in Madrid and elsewhere in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. Unpunctuated lines move like gears, one phrase turning into the next in a relentless forward motion. By contrast, the voice, at times halting and desolate, is made of a profoundly human doubt:

I sang I bit the hook / of what I know.


Selected Online Poems, Translations, and More


Reviews (by HG)

KGB Lit Mag: Review of The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto.

Open Letters Monthly: “Water Lily Mud.” Review of Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place,

     Ed. Elizabeth Willis.


By Holly Mason, at UA Poetry Center's blog

About Noontimes Won

Review by Olivia Lott, in the Kenyon Review online

Recommendation by Robert Pinsky, in Ploughshares


Translation & Original


Guide to the

Heart Rail 

by Tristan Tzara

Goodmorning Menagerie


Artwork by Pete Schulte

The Match Array

Dancing Girl Press


An Erasure

No Omen

Love Among the Ruins
Poetry Collection


2018-2019 Events

Boston University

April 11, 2019

Reading, as the alumna reader, with poet Mark Halliday, Mugar Library, 771 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA, 7:30 PM

AWP, Portland, OR

March 29, 2019

Reading at the No Fair / FairBakery Building / 2222 NE Oregon, Portland, OR, 5:30 PM

December 13, 2018, 8 PM

With Laura Jaramillo and Mary Anna Rice

"Tristan Tzara, Surrational Theory, and the Spanish Civil War," Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC

December 10, 2018, Noon

Breedlove Conference Room, Rubenstein Library 349

October 31-November 3, 2018

Panel participant: "On Translating Non-sense" and Bilingual Reading Series reader.

September 27, 2018

Presented by the Center for the Art of Translation and the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center

August 15, 2018, 7 PM

With classical guitarist Chelsea Green, of the Cairo Guitar Collective (formerly of the Los Angeles 8) and performer Brandon Mayer, of Brandon Mayer & the Hidden Powers, an evening of 1930s poetry and music with work from Tristan Tzara, Erik Satie, and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

July 15, 2018

With Lauren Hunter and Mathias Svalina and his dreams, reading from Noontimes Won