“These poems are kindred with Aram Saroyan’s in their restraint; Ernst Jandl’s in their permutational acrobatics; and Robert Creeley’s in their microtonal registers of subjectivity. Sigler’s mantra might be that slapstick speaks louder than words, his poems imploding with what they imply.” -Mónica de la Torre “When a crackpot finds poetry, he winds up in a pretty fertile place, maybe the only right place. The poems in this book-an unlikely cross of Trakl and Sondheim-are a thrilling choreography of cartoonish dreams and self-deprecating introspection.” – Jerzy Ziglarski “Dear Jeremy, I think Ape Ancestry would make a better title.” -Alison Knowles “These really change my definitnion of poetry. A little bit. If it was all sound-more or less, yet you walked away from that limitation at some point-maybe the end. The end just stands there sorta. You know what I mean by sound is rhyme. Yeah kind of rhyme. And then there’s some sentiment. These poems are not so much sexy but full of love I think. In fact that might be what the rhyming’s all about. The safety of love-perhaps. Whatever it is driving this it’s more than an idea and it’s not messy at all, or smug. It’s some new definition of poetry. It doesn’t rhyme with family but it’s about that long and that complete. And open, finally. I think Gertrude Stein. But not too much. You’ll see what if you read this book.” -Eileen Myles “Sigler is a sculptor-of gags, of rhymes, of verbal assonance and cognitive dissonance, of a lyricism that emerges from behind blocks of words.” -Damon Krukowski About the Author Jeremy Sigler was born in 1968 in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied at the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA. He is the Associate Editor of Parkett and a critic in Yale University’s sculpture department. In 2006, he was awarded a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, Texas. He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.
CRACKPOT by Jeremy Sigler
- Publication Date: 2012 ISBN: 978-2-934029-10-7 Hardcover 125 Pages