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.
“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