Heather Green



Heather Green's poems have appeared in AGNI online, Barrow Street, Denver Quarterly, Everyday Genius, the New Yorker, and many other journals, and are forthcoming in the Bennington Review.  She is the author of two chapbooks, No Omen and The Match Array, on LATR Press and Dancing Girl Press, respectively. 

Her translation of Tristan Tzara's Noontimes Won was published in 2018 by Octopus Books, and her translation of Tzara's Guide to the Heart Rail was released in 2017 in a limited-run art edition by Goodmorning Menagerie. Her translations of Tzara's work have appeared in Asymptote, Open Letters Monthly, Poetry International, and several anthologies, including the recent In the Shape of a Human Body I am Visiting the Earth, from Poetry International and McSweeneys Press. 

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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


2019 Events


AWP, Portland, OR

March 27-30, 2019

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

April 11, 2019

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

2018 Events

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

June 24-30, 2018

Poetry Workshop