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.
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
Translations of Tristan Tzara's Poems
Blackbox Manifold: “Villains”
Translation & Original
The Match Array
Dancing Girl Press
Love Among the Ruins
April 11, 2019
Reading, as the alumna reader, with poet Mark Halliday, Mugar Library, 771 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, MA, 7:30 PM
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.