Author Feature - September 2021
TAK Erzinger is an American/Swiss poet and artist with a Colombian background.
Her poetry has been featured in Bien Acompañada from Cornell University, The Muse from McMaster University, River and South Review, Wilkes University and more. Her debut chapbook entitled, “Found: Between the Trees” was published by Grey Border Books, Canada 2019. Her then, unpublished poetry manuscript “At the Foot of the Mountain” was short-listed by the Eyelands Book Awards 2019 and Willow Run Book Awards 2020.
It has now been published by Floricanto Press out of California, 2021. Her first audio drama Stella’s Constellation has been produced by Alt.Stories and Fake Realities Podcasts, out of the UK.
She lives in a Swiss valley with her husband and cats.
TAK Erzinger brings to radiant life the feelings of solitude, trauma, and healing in her poetry collection At the Foot of the Mountain. With deft precision, Erzinger puts tangible sensation to events and emotions that often exist only in the ephemeral space.
A child of multiple cultures, Erzinger weaves a tapestry of her Colombian/American beginnings in poems such as Latin Roots and Menage a Trois. Her soul is brought forth, unflinching, to answer questions of identity and belonging, like in Canto de mi Sangre. These are recurring themes that she examines with unabashed honesty. In the cataclysms of being lost and found, it is confronting the pain that brings forth the healing.
Mental wellbeing and the voyage towards it are shown through a lens of deep familiarity and gentleness, like a dear friend sitting at the kitchen table. Alongside her poems of heritage, Erzinger also writes of her home in Switzerland. Using images of nature, she reveals glimpses of her path from illness to thriving life, and how that path is never a straight line. The namesake poem at the end of the collection speaks of this riot of emotion: wild/ fights that we’ve fought/wild/ trails through the forest /wild/ at each other’s side /wild/ at the foot of the mountain.
At the Foot of the Mountain is a celebration of life in all forms, from loss to love, from identity to family. It is Erzinger’s remarkable ability to make real the unspoken that sets this collection apart.