Stranger in Town
City Lights Spotlight No. 4





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"Some of Sigo's lines speak to the way in which the poet’s mouth functions like a vessel for shattering."


Rain Taxi

"Sigo, whose work is in conversation with poets such as Wieners, Jack Spicer, and Eileen Myles, as well as an array of visual artists and musicians, succeeds in creating an intertextual collection that is as rich as the many sources of inspiration from which it draws."--Bethany Prosseda


Drunken Boat

"...The cumulative effect of Sigo's approach to spacing, image, and meaning invest the work with an impressive sense of economy and compression...but the real magic is that Stranger in Town not only draws out our willingness to collaborate with the page:  it lets us find ourselves somewhere we've never been until it is time to reappear."

—Andrew Najberg


Cedar Sigo's Stranger in Town
Oct 6, 2010

"Early in a kind of manifesto / poetics Sigo calls 'The Sun': 'Collaboration can be a terrific introduction to poetry.' 'The Sun' walks a thin tonal line, somewhere between wild careening innocence and its counterfeit, a (nevertheless heart-breaking) mock-innocence, tongue bulging out a cheek:

'Poetry can be a difficult field to enter into, as I find people sometime think of it as old fashioned. It is this assumption that drives me to try & keep current. I do not just want to interest academics. Skaters are more dear to my heart. Boredom is the cardinal sin. Collaboration can be a terrific introduction to poetry. Things tend to happen a lot faster than they might with a single author. Sometimes I will just be talking my head off while someone else has the typewriter & bits of our conversation will find their way in.'"

- John Latta, Isola di Rifiuti

BOMB

"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 the poem makes is charged with potential."


American Poet Volume 40 Spring 2011

"Queer identity, love, and city landscapes serve as themes of the collection, and Sigo--with wit and energy--pays homage to heroes Jack Spicer, John Wieners, and Arthur Rimbaud. The 'I' in these poems is direct, youthful, and at times ecstatic." 

- Volume 40 Spring 2011