The Driftless Series & Wesleyan Poetry Series
Sales Date: 2010-04-01
A midway of poetic styles and syllabic tableaux
Imagine a walking tour of stanzas and prose poems that give lyric voice to sight, public speech, and spectacle. In Exhibition Park, Roberto Tejada delivers a command performance in mixed genres that compel an array of literary styles. His poetry undertakes a wide range of subjects motivated by artworks from Latin America and the United States covering the colonial period to the present day.
In serial poems, short sketches, guidebook parodies, painterly triptychs, translations, and other word-based dioramas, Tejada coins wonder with historical styles—baroque, classic, and experimental. As likened to a world's fair, the resulting voices intone global stories, the dream life of art, and first-person atmospheres both premodern and postindustrial.
"Tejada's work is with dismantling borders and upsetting classifications... The result is a layered poetry that finds its form in dense stanzas composed of lines that frequently veer toward a kind of fractured prose…"—Alan Gilbert in Another Future: Poetry and Modern Art in a Postmodern Twilight
"You walk through his world as a voyeur, a traveler of mirrors, witnessing your own reflection in the masses of flesh, simultaneously aroused and disturbed at the same time. Tejada's work is an invitation, a window into another world, unabashedly erotic, and succinct."—Christine Lark Fox, Poetry Project Newsletter, about Mirrors for Gold
List of Illustrations
ART & INDUSTRY
"Is there a difference between this honey"
"In the beginning, when the will of the king was rendered"
"Keep the eel alive until ready to skin"
"Insofar as he is spirit"
"What the clearing looks like"
"Clarity before the bloodshed"
"Today I sharpened my knife"
"But also the whole Earth"
"Lantern that was a lamplight, a clock"
"If we recognize the variety and groundlessness"
"When from my counted days"
"The memory of genocide or slavery"
"When I stop to consider my calling"
"If someone waits to witness"
"Her song is artless"
"What with the thick immobility"
Self-Recognition of the Fish
Diorama: Snake, Habitat, Ice
"Leverage for power divided by insight"
"In dreams a joke"
"To you my antonym"
"Tyranny past participle desire"
"Between exuberance and snow"
"There is someone who knows"
"From otherwise known as"
"Converging on scissors"
"To say that the value between given point X"
"Subject six seven siblings"
DEBRIS IN PINK AND BLACK
"Crisscrossing languages, geographical borders (the Mexican-United States border is only one of several), and cultural taboos, Exposition Park is, in the most literal sense, a transgressive text, one of those books that rewards reading after reading."~Tyrone Williams, Jacket 2