Poetry. Unexpected in this shatteringly attached poetry is the calm speculativeness with which Josie Sigler regards and relates the objects of earthly passion. Family, beasts, sufferers distant and intimate, the earth itself, all are classified in this taxonomy of want, of tragic history and unanswered wish, and strong, strong desire. You can really feel the desire, here, for an end to suffering. That there is plenitude in language, in churchy yet aleatory rhythms of utterance, sets up a tension readers may feel in their bodies, while reading--between the truth of historical penury and the truth of reading such generosity. Two lines from Sappho and partial definitions from Wikipedia and the OED are in each poem funneled into collage, making the many names of loss.
Author City: OTIS, OR USA
Josie Sigler won the seventh annual Tartt First Fiction Award with the collection THE GALAXIE AND OTHER RIDES, published by Livingston Press in 2012. Josie was born Downriver Detroit, and grew up in the Midwest. Her work has appeared in journals such as Water~Stone, Hunger Mountain, Silk Road, and Roanoke Review. Her chapbook, Calamity, was published by Proem Press. Her book of poems, LIVING MUST BURY, winner of the 2010 Motherwell Prize, was published by Fence Books. She recently completed a Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Residency, which affords a writer the opportunity to live on a remote homestead on the Rogue River in southern Oregon. She currently lives at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, where she is working on a novel.
Reviews and Other Links
Rebecca Porte in The Rumpus
Holly Wren Spaulding in ForeWord Reviews
Andrew Wessels @ The Quarterly Conversation
Holly Wren Spaulding @ ForeWord Reviews