Maureen Seaton: In This Must Be The Place Alice George has packaged her beguiling and ubiquitous mind in impeccably wrought, imaginatively conceived, stunning lyric narrativaes--collages, prose, lively couplets and series within series. Through everything wonderful--the politial, familial, and fantastic--she gives us her steady, settling voice. What a holiday! I adore this book!
Chris Green: In This Must Be the Place, Alice George captures the worry and wonder of ordinary life—the fullness of family, spirituality, illness, nature, food; she’s restless, covering everything, and somehow her thinking is uncluttered but also complicated—as if the earth could be permanent but also spinning away.
Kathleen Kirk (excerpt from review Another Chicago Magazine, 2011): The atheist speaker of all the poems in this lovely, challenging book is lonely in the world and has nested in the paradox of rejecting myth and mythologizing truth. This book is rich with strange equations—an atheist who can say, “In my version of the afterlife Grandma is riding an elephant.”
There is a lot of water in this book. Rain, clouds, blood. The speaker of “Stuff” gets so thirsty she drinks from the hose. The last line of “Wet Song” is “This is my home.”
George faces peril and loneliness not just on the river, or in the godless world, but also in art, where “[h]umans sag within their garments as if hope wouldn’t know them, as if nothing could warm those painted rooms, neither pulses nor breathing.” Fortunately for her and for us, “bodies fall apart into something useful.” We can choose the river, the air, the ground.
Play Workshop for dedicated poets at all levels, taught in my
Evanston studio Space, Wednesdays, 6:45-9:15. Dates for Winter/Spring
Session I: 1/11 - 2/1
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Recent & Forthcoming Publications
Nashville Review: poem forthcoming December 2011Tar River Poetry: poem forthcoming Spring 2012
Mentor and Muse: Essays from Poets to Poets (2010) (collaborator Cecilia Pinto & I contributed an essay to this great anthology)
Qarrtsiluni: two prose poems online, inspired by movie genres
Prick of the Spindle: two poems online
In The Mist: one poem online
Diagram: several pieces posted online