A television screen is a place to warm a child's hands....the barrel
of a gun tunnels through history...a puppet's frown is a life lived
wrong...time shifts, and global warming becomes long weather. With this
book, such acts of poetry map new alliances: the lyric word whispering
in the office, singing in the family, charting policy for the land.
Scot Siegel makes individual epiphany the key to social discovery.
History, planning, and public understanding all feel the touch of his
poetry-the right words placed well. His readers will experience a giddy
readiness, will lose the ability to separate poetry from the jolt of
discovery in daily life.
Kim Stafford, author of The
Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer's Craft.
Scot Siegel's Some Weather is a guide, a rally for consciousness to sanctify
the details of "how we legend our selves." Even "after the crack of last gavel
wobbles into starlight," Siegel, steadfast, assures that integrity is timeless,
changeability of voice may offer transcendence, and that each generation is held
to the "arched lid of the world" by a tenderness, not simply human, but "thinner
and sweeter than ether."
Maureen Alsop, author of Apparition
Some Weather brims with poems ready to look "...down the long barrel of some/
unknown history," poems unafraid to confront "...the unbound pages of a book
called our inheritance." In this first collection, Scot Siegel - urban planner
and lyric ponderer - emerges as a voice grateful to discover "What a child knows/
without our saying:/ blossoms/ under ashes!" His readers will be grateful for
each of his discoveries, for all of his delights and affirmations.
Paulann Petersen, author of Bride
of Narrow Escape and Kindle
Scot Siegel's poems are unafraid of joyous things. Some poets steer away from
nostalgia and sentimental love, but Siegel is so full of gratitude that he makes
everyday pleasures - family memories, bright words from his children, the promise
of marriage - shine. And because he is so humane and generous toward life, his
poems about struggles and griefs feel both finer and truer. Here's a poet who
is comfortable with reporting out the range of human experience. His poems are
both the songs and the weather of a full, interior life.
David Biespiel, author of Wild
Civility, editor of Poetry
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