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Welcome to Midland

Welcome to Midland

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By Logen Cure

A debut collection of poetry reckoning with silence, secrets, gossip, and survival while growing up queer in conservative West Texas.

Publication Date: August 10, 2021

Paperback: 9781646050697

eBook:  9781646050703  

Welcome to Midland is a queer coming-of-age narrative in verse set against the backdrop of conservative small-town Texas. These linked poems explore the cultural and natural history of West Texas (from the horned lizard to dirt storms to Laura Bush’s car accident), connecting events and movements from across eras to create a tenuous yet strong sense of place. Giving voice to secrets and silence, Welcome to Midland considers identity, 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 

Biographical Note 

Logen Cure is a queer poet and professor. She is the author of three chapbooks: Still, Letters to Petrarch, and In Keeping. She curates Inner Moonlight, a monthly reading series for The Wild Detectives in Dallas. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She lives in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.