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Publisher Comments:

"His writing folds the mundane and the mythic in with deep images of personal archetype. The passing moments in which the poems possessed Shurin are held fresh to the page in a dazzled string of trigger-touches. They hint of lingering spiral passages, personal journeys, which lie just below such occasions."— Patrick Dunagan, The Critical Flame

Listed as a "New and Noteworthy Book" in Poets and Writers.

Widely acclaimed for his lyrical language and innovative verse, Aaron Shurin brings the prose poem into new richness and complexity in Citizen. Through shape-shifting sentences and sensuous imagery he explores the nuances of civic and domestic life, the twists and turns of desire, and the mysterious shimmer of objects. Traveling across the borders of cities and the boundaries of form, he crafts a dazzling vision of daily life as a citizen of the imagination.

Aaron Shurin is the author of over ten books, most recently King of Shadows, a collection of personal essays. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.

Review:

"The title of Shurin's 11th collection sets up expectations of direct political engagement by the 60-odd short, tightly composed, and finally constrained-in-scope prose pieces that compose it. Here's how 'My Democracy' begins: 'Where do you look and how do you look? Architects in doorways — bombshells of cryptic shrubbery — to catch a ripple and go Delphic...' The poem is pleasantly Ashberian in its obscure semicritique of consumer society. Later, 'Then' begins 'Once we were in the loop... slick with information and the luster of good timing. We folded our clothes,' goes on to imagine 'platinum clocks sweeping in arcs from left to right,' and ends, 'Our clothing was spectacular and fit to a T. We admired each other with ferocity.' Shurin, a well-respected West Coast poet, is the author of Unbound: A Book of AIDS (1997). This book may not be that one's equal, but it suggests no diminishment of Shurin's capabilities." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

In Citizen Aaron Shurin has collected sixty-eight vibrant new poems that are by turns romantic, visceral, edgy, and unabashedly beautiful.

Synopsis:

"Aaron Shurin writes piercingly lovely poetry that‘s multidimensional and insists on being read aloud, though its eloquence is equally powerful on the page without sound, with that enclosed, attentive ear that can turn poetry into meditation...Shurins name has been linked with masters like Jorie Graham and Michael Palmer. But his songs have a grace thats his alone."—The Rumpus

Widely acclaimed for his lyrical language and innovative verse, Aaron Shurin brings the prose poem into new richness and complexity in Citizen. Through shape-shifting sentences and sensuous imagery he explores the nuances of civic and domestic life, the twists and turns of desire, and the mysterious shimmer of objects. Traveling across the borders of cities and the boundaries of form, he crafts a dazzling vision of daily life as a citizen of the imagination.

Aaron Shurin is the author of over ten books, most recently King of Shadows, a collection of personal essays. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.

About the Author

Aaron Shurin is the author of ten books of poetry and prose, most recently King of Shadows, a collection of personal essays (City Lights, 2008). His work has appeared in over thirty national and international anthologies, and has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Romanian, Slovenian, Ukrainian, and Greek. His honors include literary fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, the San Francisco Arts Commission, and the Gerbode Foundation. A longtime educator, Shurin is a Professor in the MFA Writing Program at the University of San Francisco.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780872865204
Author:
Shurin, Aaron
Publisher:
City Lights Books
Subject:
Single Author / American
Subject:
Poetry-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20111231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
88
Dimensions:
7.25 x 5 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The title of Shurin's 11th collection sets up expectations of direct political engagement by the 60-odd short, tightly composed, and finally constrained-in-scope prose pieces that compose it. Here's how 'My Democracy' begins: 'Where do you look and how do you look? Architects in doorways — bombshells of cryptic shrubbery — to catch a ripple and go Delphic...' The poem is pleasantly Ashberian in its obscure semicritique of consumer society. Later, 'Then' begins 'Once we were in the loop... slick with information and the luster of good timing. We folded our clothes,' goes on to imagine 'platinum clocks sweeping in arcs from left to right,' and ends, 'Our clothing was spectacular and fit to a T. We admired each other with ferocity.' Shurin, a well-respected West Coast poet, is the author of Unbound: A Book of AIDS (1997). This book may not be that one's equal, but it suggests no diminishment of Shurin's capabilities." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by ,
In Citizen Aaron Shurin has collected sixty-eight vibrant new poems that are by turns romantic, visceral, edgy, and unabashedly beautiful.
"Synopsis" by ,

"Aaron Shurin writes piercingly lovely poetry that‘s multidimensional and insists on being read aloud, though its eloquence is equally powerful on the page without sound, with that enclosed, attentive ear that can turn poetry into meditation...Shurins name has been linked with masters like Jorie Graham and Michael Palmer. But his songs have a grace thats his alone."—The Rumpus

Widely acclaimed for his lyrical language and innovative verse, Aaron Shurin brings the prose poem into new richness and complexity in Citizen. Through shape-shifting sentences and sensuous imagery he explores the nuances of civic and domestic life, the twists and turns of desire, and the mysterious shimmer of objects. Traveling across the borders of cities and the boundaries of form, he crafts a dazzling vision of daily life as a citizen of the imagination.

Aaron Shurin is the author of over ten books, most recently King of Shadows, a collection of personal essays. He lives and works in San Francisco, California.

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