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ISBN-10: 0872865363
ISBN-13: 9780872865365
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 09/14/2010
Dimensions: 6.90" L, 5.40" W, 0.30" H

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Stranger in Town

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Overview

The fourth installment of our Spotlight poetry series, Stranger in Town is the second full-length collection by San Francisco poet Cedar Sigo. Reflecting queer identity while eschewing all clichés, Stranger in Town exudes an urban mysticism redolent of the SF Renaissance–particularly John Weiners–as it collages the fragmented experiences of contemporary culture.

Born in 1978 on the Suquamish Indian Reservation in Washington state, Cedar Sigo studied at Naropa under Anne Waldman and Lisa Jarnot. His first book, Selected Writings (2003), was reprinted in a revised edition in 2005. A writer on art, literature and film, Sigo recently blogged for SFMOMA’s Open Space.

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It's a pleasure to curl up with and be challenged by [Sigo's poetry], driven to push one's living further. In this new century, there is without doubt further territory for poetry to enter into, and Sigo embraces what is currently available and holds out an offering for the future.­–Patrick Dunagan

The poems of Stranger in Town have an elegant lyric energy that attracts attention. The 'I' is not sentimentally loving its kitten, but clear in city light and night . . . a sort of Isherwood/Wieners, literate and humorous, with a Lunch Poems gaze. And 'The Sun' is one of the clearest statements of a poetics since 'Personism.' One of the now-rare pleasures of poetry is looking forward to more by a writer: I do so for Cedar Sigo.–Tom Raworth

In Stranger in Town, carefully placed exclamation points reveal the contents of a boyhood closet. A shock of capital letters pay homage to magicians Spicer, Wieners, and Rimbaud. An ambling line conjures Charles Olson done up in a little bit of drag. Themes of love, ecstasy, darkness, and light are wrestled away from sentimental tourists and into the arms of Cedar Sigo, resident genius of this rare, honest romance.–Lisa Jarnot

A reality made of poetry is all one could ask for, and here it is-created of skillful, elegant, lyric moments and lines. A door opens to a light, fluent room, where narratives of 'urban mysticism' are pursued. An ear moves from 'professional music' to the sound of melting snow. Poems that breathe with a forthright intimacy.–Joanne Kyger

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ISBN-10: 0872865363
ISBN-13: 9780872865365
Publisher: City Lights Books
Publish Date: 09/14/2010
Dimensions: 6.90" L, 5.40" W, 0.30" H
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