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Mortal Geography

Mortal Geography Alexandra Teague

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:
"...Even more clearly than [Elizabeth] Bishop... Teague alters poetic forms as part of a broader interrogation of structures and their visual representation, maps. Because while Mortal Geography does function as a kind of traveler's notebook, it is more importantly an exploration of syntax in all its forms—the assumptions of English grammar, the intervals of time, the sequence of the human genome, latitudes and longitudes, and, of course, forms of verse. Her work may be in dialogue with Bishop's, but it is broadly and unquestionably contemporary" —The

"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: 
Alexandra Teague has published poems in many periodicals, among them the Iowa Review, Missouri Review, Paris Review, and Slate, as well as Best American Poetry 2009, Best New Poets 2008 and the Yale Anthology of Younger American Poetry. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she teaches English at City College of San Francisco and lives in Oakland. 

Original trade paperback/$15.00 (Can. $16.50)/ISBN: 978-0-89255-358-7/96 Pages/Poetry










































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