Lindsay Tigue - "System of Ghosts" - Nina N. Yeboah

Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm

“Lindsay Tigue’s work presents a vision, dominated by geography and natural history, uniquely paired with emotional imagination—the not-there-ness that coexists with its there-ness. This crush together, her feelings always a bit estranged from her, replaced by her gravitation to facts that she has remembered.”—Diane Wakoski, author, Bay of Angels

Lindsay Tigue reads from System of Ghosts, winner of the 2015 Iowa Poetry Prize. She will be joined by writer Nina N. Yeboah.

At 57th Street Books


About the book: In System of Ghosts, Lindsay Tigue details the way landscape speaks to isolation and personhood, how virtual and lived networks alter experience. She questions how built environments structure lives, how we seek out information within these spaces, and, most fundamentally, how we love.

Rooted in the personal, the speaker of this collection moves through society and history, with the aim of firmly placing herself within her own life and loss. Facts become an essential bridge between spatial and historical boundaries. She connects us to the disappearance of species, abandoned structures, and heartbreak—abandoned spaces that tap into the searing grief woven into society’s public places. There is solace in research, one system this collection uses to examine the isolation of contemporary life alongside personal, historical, and ecological loss. While her poems are intimate and personal, Tigue never turns away from the larger contexts within which we all live.

System of Ghosts is, at its core, an act of reaching out—across time, space, history, and across the room.

About Lindsay Tigue: Lindsay Tigue is the author of System of Ghosts, winner of the 2015 Iowa Poetry Prize. She writes poetry and fiction and her work has appeared in Prairie SchoonerBlackbird, diode, and Hayden’s Ferry Review, among other journals. She is a graduate of the MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment at Iowa State University and is a current PhD student in Creative Writing at the University of Georgia.

About Nina N. Yeboah: Nina is a writer, reader and black art enthusiast. She leads the arts discussion group, Chicago Reading Africa.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637