Things as It Is

Chase Twichell

A highly personal and transcendent collection, Things as It Is took Chase Twichell eight years to write. Written in five sequences, the poems cover vast terrain: from childhood trauma to adolescent desire, ecological disaster to familial elegy, from the first impulse of spiritual seeking to the shock of the present moment. Full of breath, self-awareness, and playful skepticism, Things as It Is turns the aching world on its head to lend sorely-needed perspective.

ISBN: 9781556595493

Format: Paperback

About the Author

Chase Twichell has published eight books of poetry, most recently Things As It Is and Horses Where the Answers Should Have Been: New and Selected Poems, which won both the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award from Claremont Graduate University and the Balcones Poetry Prize from Austin Community College. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Artists Foundation, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. After teaching for many years, she left academia to start Ausable Press, …

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“Poems of balanced wildness and instinctual grace.” —New York Journal of Books

“A major voice in contemporary poetry” ―Publishers Weekly

“[Twichell’s poems] open out into a stark, sometimes bewildered clarity.” ―Robert Hass, Washington Post

“Suppose you had Sappho’s passion, the intelligence and perspicacity of Curie, and Dickinson’s sweet wit. . . then you would have the poems of Chase Twichell.” ―Hayden Carruth

“Chase Twichell’s poems are among my favorite ever written.” ―Tony Hoagland

“[Twichell’s] touch is expert indeed.” ―Harvard Review