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Attention Span 2012 | Cedar Sigo

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Bill Berkson & John Zurier | Repeat After Me | Gallery Paule Anglim | 2011

Zurier’s slightly changing watercolors (on lined filler paper) sit heroically beside Berkson’s constant uprooting of the straight melody. The book contains many gorgeous new translations including a take on Mallarmé’s “Brise Marine.”

James Yeary, ed. | Caliphabet | Portland | 2012

An experimental miscellany out of Portland, Oregon. The closest thing to 0-9 in a while. I’m always glad to find it in the mailbox.

Dana Ward | This Can’t Be Life | Edge | 2012

Deft variety in talking with oneself or directly with friends. Dana is my brother from another mother.

Herbert Huncke | Huncke’s Journal | Poets Press | 1965

A gorgeous (blue) production. Very gay and entrancing tales with flat, childlike, alchemical drawing (by Erin Matson) throughout. I paid $50 for this in NYC.

Steve Orth, ed. | Where Eagles Dare | Oakland | 2012

The most exciting new magazine out of Oakland. Steve will score your best four pages as if through magic.

Philip Guston, Clark Coolidge, ed. | Collected Writings, Lectures and Conversations | California | 2011

Possibly my favorite book on this list. Guston handles all the huge questions back to back with charming candor and eternal patience.

Lindsay Boldt | Overboard | Publication Studio (Alone Co. Editions) | 2012

A clever, interactive, hilarious (prose?) book. You haven’t lived until you have heard this read aloud.

Bob Kaufman | The Ancient Rain | New Directions | 1981

Edited by the great Raymond Foye, the sequence of poems written after his long vow of silence are to be found here, (New Poems 1973-78) Essential reading for real poets. More work should be done around Kaufman’s writings.

Valery Larbaud, trans. Ron Padgett & Bill Zavatsky | The Poems of A.O. Barnabooth | Black Widow | 2008

Poems written by Larbaud under the persona of detective A.O. Barnabooth (a sort of wacky Maigret). The poems are perfect laid back time machines, beautiful lines, wider than the streets.

Veronica De Jesus | Hello Now from Everywhere | Publication Studio | 2010

The second (and first perfect bound) edition of Veronica’s memorial drawings. Some of my favorites include Robert Creeley, John Wieners, Sol Le Witt and Gordon Parks.


Cedar Sigo is a poet and sometime teacher, active in the art and literary worlds since 1999. He studied writing and poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the author of seven books and pamphlets of poetry, including two editions of Selected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse , 2003 and 2005) Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008) and most recently, Stranger In Town (City Lights, 2010). He lives in San Francisco.

Cedar Sigo’s contribution to Attention Span for 2009. Back to 2012 directory.

Written by Steve Evans

October 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

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