Dear Fellow Oregon Poets,
I hope this note finds you well. I am delighted to announce the publication of my new book, ‘The Constellation of Extinct Stars, and Other Poems,’ from Salmon Poetry of Ireland. (Links are provided at the end of this note.)
Constellation was a four-year project, during which time I had the privilege of serving as an artist-in-residence at Playa at Summer Lake, in the high desert of south-central Oregon. The poems in this collection reflect on that experience, traversing a century of high desert history, human geography, and mythology, among other topics and contemporary themes.
I look forward to sharing this book with you. Here are some of the comments it has received:
“In this book… Siegel’s imagination honors history, invents history, and makes history matter, gives it important work to do.”
—KIM STAFFORD, Oregon Book Award Winner, 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared
“With grace, skill, and compassion, Scot Siegel’s poems create a specificity of time and place that rises above the specific.”
—PENELOPE SCAMBLY SCHOTT, Oregon Book Award Winner, A is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth
“Scot Siegel’s poetry is precise, elliptical, vernacular, dramatic, anchored in narrative and—most important of all!—understandable…”
—KEVIN STARR, California State Librarian Emeritus & Professor of History, and Policy, Planning, and Development, University of Southern California
Please consider picking up a copy of my book; as, you know, it takes a village… Reading dates in Oregon and Washington will be announced soon.
SALMON POETRY, located at the Cliffs of Moher, County Clare, Ireland, publishes writers from the UK and America, and is funded in part by the Arts Council of Ireland. The press was named a Finalist in the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) 2015 Small Press Publisher Award 2015.
The Constellation of Extinct Stars’, and Other Poems