Alexandra Teague, author of Mortal Geography (2010), will be featured at two upcoming readings!
The Beacon Hill Reading Series
Thursday, October 25th
The Hagan Foundation Center at SCC
EWU’s Visiting Writers Series
Friday, October 26th
Riverpoint Campus, Phase 1 Auditorium
Alexandra Teague is a former Stegner Fellow and NEA Fellow whose poetry has appeared in Best New Poets 2008 and Best American Poetry 2009, as well as many notable journals, including The Missouri Review, The Iowa Review, and Prairie Schooner.
Her debut collection, Mortal Geography, won both the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and the 2010 California Book Award. Drawing from sources as diverse as travelogue, ESL, and Dungeons and Dragons, Mortal Geography keeps readers on their toes with its balancing act of chaos and structure. Poems about the madness of public transportation appear in sonnet form while poems about love take on unexpected forms, as in this mindbender, "Two Drafts Written After a Fight":
Do I love you: yes or no?
The question: Is love a figure of speech?
I do - sometimes. Everyone wonders about our love; still,
there can be no doubt I have been true (almost always).
Happily remembering the start of our romance; it seemed
so promising ...
And is love continual happiness or not?
Is not what matters?
I cannot tell you who I want to spend my life with.
Enough about our love.
Do I love you? Yes or no - the question is, love,
a figure of speech. I do.
(Sometimes everyone wonders.)
About our love, still, there can be no doubt.
I have been true, almost always happily
remembering the start of our romance;
it seemed so promising, and is. Love,
continual happiness or not is not what matters.
I cannot tell you, who I want to spend my life with,
enough about our love.
What else is there to say? This is not a poet to miss.