Mirrors for Gold

Tejada’s first poetry collection is written mostly while immersed in the vibrant art and literary environment of Mexico City in the nineties. Encompassing the transnational and temporal ruptures of political and intimate experience, these poems of cultural displacement and sensuousness incite a complex reinvigoration of history. Through ceaseless negotiations between pleasure and possession, Tejada’s poems inhabit a space where “awkwardness of form no longer mattered” not only in the aesthetics of line and meaning, but in occlusion of sexuality and gender. Spiritual subsistence despite colonial brutality and industrial expansion within the Americas also transcends simple religious prescriptions here. In this collection, physical redemption is kindled by a radical sensuality where “need diminishes where it never meant to loom.”