Reading by Alicia Mountain: Four in Hand
Comprised of four heroic crowns of sonnets, Alicia Mountain’s Four in Hand is both formal and experimental, ranging from lyric romantic and familial narratives to blank verses of reconfigured found text pulled from financial newsletter emails. Language and white space equally captivate with their sparsity and abundance as Mountain pursues the implications of national political identity with intersectional awareness. These poems interrogate our collective complicity in late-stage capitalism, drone warfare, the election of Donald Trump, environmental degradation, mental health crises, and the dawn of Covid-19 through the lens of gay poetic lineage, regionalism, and familial kinship structures.
“Intimacy and expansiveness, grounded in episodic grace and sensual generosity, fuel Alicia Mountain’s work. Four in Hand is a blood rush, a mode of love in language crafted with care and immersion and insistence . . .”—Khadijah Queen, author of Anodyne
Alicia Mountain’s debut collection, High Ground Coward (Iowa), was selected by Brenda Shaughnessy to win the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her chapbook, Thin Fire (BOAAT Press), was selected by Natalie Diaz. She was a Clemens Doctoral Fellow at the University of Denver and the 2020-21 Artist in Residence at the University of Central Oklahoma. Mountain serves on the Board of Directors for Foglifter Journal and is a Consulting Editor at the Kenyon Review. She is a lesbian poet based in New York City, where she teaches at Columbia University and in the Writer’s Foundry MFA program at St. Joseph’s College.
Alicia Mountain will be in conversation with author and poet Peter Conners, Publisher and Executive Director of BOA Editions.
This is a free online event streamed via Zoom.
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