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Stranger in Town

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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 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
Paperback, 100 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by City Lights Publishers (first published 2006)
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Jan 28, 2012 Bradluen rated it really liked it
It might seem the line “I write what is interesting for me to read” (in “Music for Torching”) may be interesting for us but trite to him. But the interestingness of a line can exceed that of its words: combined with context, there’s its visual appearance. In this case interest leaks upwards from the names tabbed right-of-centre and below: Anselm Hollo, Ed Dorn, both fixtures in Boulder when Sigo studied at “Buddhist-inspired” liberal arts school Naropa. Rather than overt spirituality, his inheri ...more
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Jan 30, 2012 City Lights rated it it was amazing
"Sigo’s poems are their own. They blend effortless hipness with a roving intelligence attracted to urbanity, longing, glamour, isolation, romance, accident, and collision. The net result of the various aspects of Sigo’s poems is a poetics of flux that exists in the past as much as present and the future, but belongs to none of the above. The poems seem at once contemporary and antiquated, totally alien and uncannily familiar, so that they operate with a realm of uncertainty where any movement th ...more
Jul 05, 2013 Robin rated it it was amazing
Cedar has a way of capturing a moment in time like a black and white photograph that manages to whisper the emotions and perspectives of even the most inanimate objects.

**While this charming poet is my brother, I must note that he drove me crazy growing up together so I think it balances out any biases. :-)
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Born in 1978 on the Suquamish Indian Reservation in Washington State, Cedar Sigo studied at the Naropa Institute with Anne Waldman, Lisa Jarnot, Alice Notley, Joanne Kyger, and Allen Ginsberg, among others. His first book, Selected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003), was reprinted in a revised edition in 2005. A writer on art, literature, and film, Sigo has collaborated with many visual artists ...more
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