Winner of the Gold Medal in Poetry from the California Book Awards
A master of using poetry's formal possibilities to convey what we most deeply feel, Alexandra Teague explores how language alternately empowers and fails us in this smart, searching and accessible debut. Drawing on sources as varied as ESL classroom discussions, a colonial travelogue, and the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook, the poems in this collection magically reveal the landscape of our emotional geography, unfolding like roadmaps of the human experience. Winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, Mortal Geography is both playful and poignant; it marks the emergence of a confident new voice.
Praise for the Book:
"There is a haunting narrative purpose to this book, and these poems manage a true power and distinction in realizing it."—Eavan Boland
"Funky and studied, Alexandra Teague is a formalist with a wild side. Read Mortal Geography line by plumb line, so you can hear it hit with bliss-stoked erudition its every adventure, prayer, address to dead and near, blood-soaked episode from history's hard-written transcripts, and ruined praise: there's a hum, a thunking heartwood, then a quiver. The range is geographical; the depth, sublime."—Julie Sheehan
About the Author:
Original trade paperback/$15.00 (Can. $16.50)/ISBN: 978-0-89255-358-7/96 Pages/Poetry