About Uncommon Geography
Uncommon Geography received a Finalist Award
for the Paterson Poetry Book Prize 2007
this book of poems, Uncommon Geography
(Carpenter Gothic, 2006) Therése Halscheid chronicles her travels across
varied terrain beginning with a stay in a log cabin in the secluded pine
barrens of NJ, then moving to sacred environments as far as New Mexico, as well
as other unusual settings where she has been house-sitting, such as a primeval
swamp in the Pan Handle, Florida, and an elk farm in central Pennsylvania. These are poems that impart Earth’s consciousness, a higher learning which occurred
while writing in each place. Poetry which also teaches us that the journey outward
reflects an inner exploration, the landscape of the interior self.
In Praise of Uncommon Geography
"There will be more than one pilgrimage," writes Therése Halscheid in her poem, "Excavating Prayers," first published in RHINO 2006, and each of the three sections in her collection, as well as most of the individualized poems themselves, seems to enact a kind of pilgrimage.