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Adult Swim
Heather Hartley

Carnegie Mellon Classic Contemporary Series: Poetry

Carnegie Mellon
2016 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"

$15.95 Paperback, 978-0-88748-607-4

“Heather Hartley’s Adult Swim is a joy to read. If a book could be a pool party thrown by a playful, chatty hostess in a mermaid costume, sipping champagne and slipping seamlessly between French and English with breathless energy, this would be it!” —Dorianne Laux

New Poetry

From mermaids to lovers to skinny dogs to dervishes, Heather Hartley’s second collection, Adult Swim, gathers together unlikely characters whose different stories explore the connections we share—love, loss, and laughter. Engaging, playful, and often with a dark sense of humor, the brutal and beautiful, sensual and spiritual, live side by side in poems that shift that from lyric to sonnet to elegy.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Adult Swim has a remarkably welcoming conversational voice. The headlong rush is intoxicating, and many poems veer off or abruptly end, though the party continues, having never left off, on the next page. Then suddenly, something stark, something beautiful or devastating stops you. Hartley’s range is exactly what you want from a book of poems—the range of a life.”—Matthew Rohrer

“One part mermaid, one part flâneur, the voices of Adult Swim celebrates orther-com. Heather Hartley's organic, intimate collection pairs the seduction of transgression with the rigor of argument. Can champagne wash away the taste of chemo? Can we tap-dance away insomnia? Her image-rich landscapes range from Budapest to Paris, from Naples to Pittsburgh, and from the mythological to the contemporary. These irresistible poems invite us to sniff "the nape of a Friday's neck." Come closer, and breathe deep.”—Sandra Beasley

From the Book:

And then, they
saved my life–saved
my life.
Lutetia, Paris, Île-de-France,
city & island & bridge,
whatever name you want,
I'm yours.

HEATHER HARTLEY is the author of Knock Knock and Paris editor at Tin House magazine. Her poems, essays, and interviews have appeared on or in PBS NewsHour, The Guardian, and The Literary Review, among others. She has presented writers at Shakespeare & Company Bookshop, Paris, and her monthly column about literary Paris, “Apéritif,” appears on the Tin House website.

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