Do you create similar effects in your writing? What are the elements in this poem that make Alexandra essential to you as a writer?
Before reading it, poetry unfolded in neat and precise boxes: event A followed event B followed C and voile! In other words, her desire brims with contradictions that are not actually contradictions—the body can hold that much complexity. The choppy sentence fragments which are not broken into lines or stanzas—the poem is a block of prose—leap without warning between genders and bodies and scenes, which mirrors the realistic ways that we experience memory and body: one moment we want to have rough sex; another moment we may suddenly feel turned off.
One day, we feel like we are completely straight and the next day we see someone of our same gender or of neither or both genders and we think, Daaammmnnn!
The Drowned Girl
I just published a book of prose poems and flash fiction stories called Wasp Queen. The book develops and focuses entirely on a character named Lucy. Each piece is a character study, a vignette, a small piece of a not-so-small girl. Sometimes, Lucy calls herself a fat cunt. Who did you read after poetry cracked open for you? Who else is writing today that helped inform your poetry in a way similar to Alexandra?
The book is a collection of prose poems.
What I find so exciting about her work is that I never know what she will say next: each line veers and twists and contorts away from the previous line, though somehow the car of coherency never falls over the cliff into meaninglessness. It was summer. In trees.
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She does not offer comfort. She is not kind or solicitous. Is it a needle? Is it a scalpel? Is it a scythe? Is it the switchblade a woman might carry in her purse? Eve Alexandra wields a tender, sharp honesty. The lines cut and dice, arc and glimmer in the light of her lyricism and intelligence.
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These poems will open you, make you bleed, make you wonder. She was featured as an outstanding emerging writer in The American Poet, the journal of the Academy of American Poets, in the fall of Years ago, when preparing for an upcoming trip to Mexico, I read some Mayan history and learned about the cultural significance of cenotes, or swimming holes.
The ancient Mayans would sacrifice a child in the cenote because they believed the hole to be a communication portal between the living and the dead. The child was supposed to communicate until she drowned. At least I think that was the fact; I read it a long time ago. The sun was shining.
The earth was generous.
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