* * A California Book Award finalist * *
Widely acclaimed for his lyrical language and innovative verse, Aaron Shurin brings the prose poem into new richness and complexity in Citizen. Through shape-shifting sentences and sensuous imagery he explores the nuances of civic and domestic life, the twists and turns of desire, and the mysterious shimmer of objects. Traveling across the borders of cities and the boundaries of form, he crafts a dazzling vision of daily life as a citizen of the imagination.
Praise for Citizen:
"Aaron Shurin writes piercingly lovely poetry that's multidimensional and insists on being read aloud, though its eloquence is equally powerful on the page without sound, with that enclosed, attentive ear that can turn poetry into meditation...Shurin's name has been linked with masters like Jorie Graham and Michael Palmer. But his songs have a grace that's his alone."—The Rumpus
"Aaron Shurin, in Citizen, deliriously revels in sensual images, sly wisdom and rumbling pauses. Shurin's brilliant book—his eleventh—suggests how a lengthy career allows a poet the room to roam, stretching the limits of what his poems can be."—K.M. Soehnlein, author of Robin and Ruby
Praise for Aaron Shurin's poetry:
"The Paradise of Forms represents the work of one of the most stunningly original and undercelebrated poets of a generation that includes Rita Dove, Michael Palmer, Jorie Graham and Carolyn Forché. Aaron Shurin's 20-year accumulation of writing does much more than secure his lasting value in contemporary American poetry. . . [There's] a heroic reinvention of language in a world where it's too often exhausted . . . in a book that shows the price of vision and survival in America."—San Francisco Chronicle
"I love the edges and handholds of sound ["Involuntary Lyrics"] provide, the quick shifts of meaning, the deft 'sleight of mind' echoes of everything from Shakespeare on out. This is what an active poetry can do, then, make something in mind be there—not just talked about and forgotten."—Robert Creeley
AARON SHURIN is the author of eleven books, including the poetry collections Involuntary Lyrics (Omnidawn, 2005) and The Paradise of Forms (Talisman House, 1999), a Publishers Weekly Best Book; the prose collection Unbound: A Book of AIDS (Sun & Moon, 1997); and most recently, King of Shadows, a collection of personal essays, published by City Lights Books in 2008. His work has appeared in over thirty national and international anthologies, and been translated into seven languages
Shurin's honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Gerbode Foundation. He is a Professor in the MFA in Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.