Poetry. LGBT Studies. STRANGER IN TOWN is the much-anticipated second collection by San Francisco poet Cedar Sigo. Reflecting queer identity while eschewing clichéd aesthetics, STRANGER exudes an urban mysticism redolent of the SF Renaissance--particularly John Wieners--as it collages the fragmented experience of contemporary culture. Among its highlights are the sublime long poem, "Music for Torching," written in collaboration with Nathan Berlinguette and Will Yackulic, the translation of "Villon," the biographical "Notes on Joan Crawford," and prose meditations on poetry like "The Sun" and "The Emerald Tablet."
Author City: SAN FRANCISCO, CA USA
Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including STRANGER IN TOWN (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), and two editions of SELECTED WRITINGS (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005). He lives in San Francisco.
Reviews and Other Links
John Latta @ Isola di Rifiuti
Colin Herd @ Chroma blog
Kevin Killian in San Francisco Bay Guardian
Barbara Berman @ The Rumpus
Adam Bishop @ The Volta
Andrew Najberg @ Drunken Boat