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Cedar Sigo

Poetry reading of various works

2015 Season

Cedar Sigo read for the opening of Oscar Tuazon’s exhibition, Model Space.

Peters mind is branded
outlandish genius
an emollient golden gas
that shrooms to save its life

O high wasted demons
in legion
crawling in tonight from
over the hill “wires a glow
round the stem of a rose”
full on lifted
from the jizz
meth hymnal lines taken home
for future

autoharp outfits in storm blue
ribbon felled
net of flies

I got the words in shape
to hold out in front

to wail away on those bridges
and the dulcimer kicked
down the stair
unawares was
the numbers
and the fix
that little spot
on Sunset
I got us locked in
and was sort of asked
to leave
Nicely hammered very true
I stayed in my suit

and stood in the street
silent as a star fallen
dead of exposure

(for Julien Poirier)

Set desire
Is a long drip
A knocked out
Bolt + Star
A grate
In mint green
Copper pins
Suspended palace
of lovers
of gliding by
in boredom
huge door
in the wall
too smart phoned in
not dead enough
of the yellow
eye pressed
electric organ
I asked
Men who did
Flower the lights
Violet in lime
On grey
I remember were
Minerals forming
Their one mountain
Tears that quivered
In rage
pulling into flame

San Francisco poet Cedar Sigo (b. 1978) was was raised on The Suquamish reservation near Seattle Washington and home schooled from the eighth grade onward. In 1995 he was awarded a scholarship to study writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute in Boulder Colorado where he studied with Allen Ginsberg, Anne Waldman, Lisa Jarnot, Alice Notley, and Joanne Kyger, among other poets.  He has lived in San Francisco since 1999.

In 2003 Ugly Duckling Press published the first edition of his Selected Writings. It was followed in 2005 by a second revised and expanded edition. Other books include Death Race vsop, and Expensive Magic. His most recent collection, Stranger In Town, was published in the City Lights Spotlight Series in the fall of 2010.

Sigo has given poetry readings at The Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, P.S. One Museum of Contemporary Art, The San Francisco Poetry Center, San Francisco Art Institute, and Beyond Baroque. He has collaborated with visual artists including Colter Jacobsen, Frank Haines, Cecilia Dougherty, and Will Yackulic.

In December 2010, Sigo was a featured writer on Harriet.

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