Poem: ‘(Water/Places/A Time)’

In his second poem for Alta’s Summer 2021 issue, Cedar Sigo pays homage to two Bay Area poets.

larry eigner, joanne kyger
Alta

“(Water/Places/A Time)” is the opening fragment from a longer journal poem. I promised myself that I would write down at least five lines per day for one week. Often these lines did not immediately identify themselves as poetry. They would first emerge as theory, translation, diary, gossip, etc. In this fragment, I am comparing the daily writing styles of Joanne Kyger and Larry Eigner, two Bay Area poets who were seemingly obsessed with remaining on the pulse of the present moment.•

This poem appears in the Summer 2021 issue of Alta Journal.
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Larry
  Eigner’s
words
  like golden
flies
  stuck in
a loom—made
    to fall
with sudden
  strumming
they sound, separate
  distinct

  raining
  down upon
  pavement
the date
no
  longer needed
    to slow
us down
    Joanne’s
  work
is a charge
  from a poet
the ideal
  powder gun
  a bulletin
    Larry
      seems
an uninterrupted
  path
  from the
station
  bits of
diamond heights

and looking
  down

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