That summer, she had a student who was obsessed with the order of adjectives. A soldier in the South Vietnamese army, he had been taken prisoner when Saigon fell. He wanted to know why the order could not be altered. The sweltering city streets shook with rockets and helicopters. The city sweltering
Alexandra Teague is the author of the poetry collections The Wise and Foolish Builders, forthcoming from Persea Books in April 2015, and Mortal Geography (Persea, 2010), which which won the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry and the 2010 California Book Award. She is an assistant professor at the University of Idaho in Moscow.