By Logen Cure
A debut collection of poetry reckoning with the role of silence, secrets, and gossip to survive growing up queer in conservative West Texas.
Publication Date: August 3, 2021
Welcome to Midland is a queer coming-of-age narrative in verse set against the contested backdrop of conservative small-town Texas. These linked poems, broken into four sections that explore the cultural and natural history of West Texas (from the horned lizard to dirt storms to Laura Bush’s car accident), bring together events and movements across eras and spaces to create a tenuous yet strong sense of place.
Giving voice to secrets and silence, Welcome to Midland builds a path for the formation of identity out of community, family, and legend.
Praise for Still (Finishing Line Press):
"Logen Cure’s Still draws inspiration from Eros, whom she keenly argues is never eclipsed by the routines of our days. The dynamic energy in these poems derives from an ongoing battle—a uniquely human battle—between the rational and the feral. I’m grateful to Cure for her stark honesty and wit; for poems reminding us that our hearts are nutritious and must be eaten raw." — David Roderick, author of The Americans
"With a voice that's intimately colloquial and unpretentiously aphoristic, the poems in Still by Logen Cure ask us what it takes to be at home in our bones and brains, in our bedrooms and mirrors. In the poem 'Sixth Street,' which opens the collection, after puking in a bar bathroom, the speaker comes to the revelation that 'all suffering / can be bodily,' locating loneliness and past emotional trauma within the physical body. Cure sings the human animal voracious and tries to figure out what to feed it. This collection wets its whistle on a whiskey neat but ultimately finds satiation in love and companionship." —Stevie Edwards, author of Humanly
Logen Cure is the author of three poetry chapbooks: Still (Finishing Line Press 2015), Letters to Petrarch (Unicorn Press 2015), and In Keeping (Unicorn Press 2008). She's an editor for Voicemail Poems. She curates Inner Moonlight, a monthly reading series at The Wild Detectives in Dallas. She serves as an English faculty member at Tarrant County College and earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She lives in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas with her wife and daughter.