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.
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
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