Poems and Texts

“Mirror Box (Dissolved)” by Cedar Sigo

Mirror Box (Dissolved)


Balance of
the onrush

its drama, one
of silence
over sound,

of being skirted
in passage
with priests

behind doors

and cut

a clouded

about the pines
between reeds

my guardians
driving off

the clouds
into cities

the chariot
doubles back
in two parts

a wing
to pump
to slow
the air

a city aloft

for the birds
most grand

set apart, adrift

fountain stamped
at the center


long tones
___________sweating the ice locked

arriving inside of stations

verses toppling out
a river scene beside

________the wires left crackling
_____in razor
crosses of birds
the clutch is worn,
____________________fallen back
golden grasses
blue silk

Photo: Alan Bernheimer

Cedar Sigo

Cedar Sigo was raised on the Suquamish Reservation in the Pacific Northwest and studied at The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at the Naropa Institute. He is the editor of There You Are: Interviews, Journals, and Ephemera, on Joanne Kyger (Wave Books, 2017), and author of eight books and pamphlets of poetry, including Royals (Wave Books, 2017), Language Arts (Wave Books, 2014), Stranger in Town (City Lights, 2010), Expensive Magic (House Press, 2008), and two editions of Selected Writings (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2003 and 2005). He has taught workshops at St. Mary’s College, Naropa University, and University Press Books. He lives in San Francisco.

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