Octopus Books' third full-length title and Heather Christle's first book, The Difficult Farm, will arrive at my house today in several heavy boxes. Heather's box arrived at her place in Atlanta yesterday, and you can see that she's already eaten several of them. You may want to buy yours soon if you don't want Heather, myself, and Octopus co-editor, Mathias, to eat them all first.
If you're unfamiliar with Heather's poems, you have a lot of catching up to do. I'm jealous of you. It'll feel like you're being undressed while rabbits are spilling out. Octopus Magazine published her first poems too, back in issue #6, where she was introduced to the world by D.A. Powell, and we're very thankful that we get to bring you her first book too.
Slope just published an issue that focuses exclusively on Heather's newer poems. You should spend a lot of time there if you want to be a better person.
For those of you in the Pacific Northwest, you'll have a chance to hear her read in Portland on October 16 at WorkSound for her official Octopus Books book release alongside Matvei Yankelevich whose first book, Boris by the Sea, will be released by us within the next few weeks (I'll have more info on that soon). That event will also be a release party for Poor Claudia, which will be releasing its second issue. She'll read again the next day with Matvei and Jen Bervin in Seattle on Oct. 17 at Pilot Books.