The opening lines ofSandy Tseng
's poem "City View" capture the essence of her collectionSediment
(2009). "In the window where the city is contained, / where rain collects along the edges like words moving over the tongue, / the space between two people narrow and widen / and narrow again." Cityscapes, nature and relationships are reoccurring themes in Tseng's first book of poetry. "[It's] really about departure and the ways in which we depart from the cities and loved ones...and different places," says Tseng. Her work has also appeared inThird Coast
, which gave her its 2006 Discovery Award. Tseng will read a few selections from
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at today's installment of the Poison Pen Reading Series, including "The Bypass," inspired by her father's triple-bypass surgery. Tseng considers the procedure as it relates to gardening, trespassing and detours. "I see where there's circumstance in which a bypass has been created to allow life to continue and to move on," she says. Tseng will read with Texas novelist Gwendolyn Zepeda at 8:30 p.m. Poison Girl, 1641 Westheimer. For information, call 713-527-9929 or visit www.poisonpenreadingseries.com. Free.
Thu., June 24, 8:30 p.m., 2010