Sigodlin

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Published by: Press 53 (Paperback 2014)
Sigodlin at Amazon

Published by: Wesleyan University Press (Paperback 1990)

Published by: Wesleyan University Press (Hardcover 1990)
Sigodlin at Amazon

 

Included poems:

Sigodlin
Audubon's Flute
Purple Asters
Jet Trails
Deer Stands
Inertia
Stretching
Detour
Odometer
Hayfield
Rockpile
Near the Fault
Land Bridge
Hawthornden Castle
Podington Air Field
Leaving All
Radiation Pressure
Shadow Matter
Rearview Mirror
Spirit Level
Vietnam War Memorial
Mountain Graveyard
The Way Back
Heaven
Broomsedge
Baffles
Sidney Lanier Dies at Tryon 1881
Old Christmas
Wedding Party
Ninety-Six Line
Jugs in the Smokehouse
Hardpan
Moving the Bees
New Organ
Uranium
Full of the Moon
Drop the Handkerchief
Writing Spider
Dung Frolic
Neighbors
The Body of Elisha Mitchell
Mica Country
Whiskey Tree
Overalls
Shaking
Baptizing Trough
Grandma's Bureau
Sunday Keeping
The Road from Elmira
When He Spoke Out of the Dark

 

Related media:

Sigodlin (poem)

Audubon's Flute (poem)

Rearview Mirror (poem)

 

Praise for Sigodlin:

Robert Morgan's poems are always exciting for their precise knowledge of country things, and of how things go in the world of natural fact and process. This new collection gives us also some delightful lore from the Southern mountains: we learn of the horse fiddle, and holy cussing, and the intrepid pastor who held off bear or panther with his umbrella.

— Richard Wilbur, former U.S. Poet Laureate
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Nobody else, as far as I know, even begins to achieve in poetry any of the things that Robert Morgan has been doing for twenty years with such abundance and variety.
First, he painstakingly attends to those little nameless unremembered moments of fascination that everybody else is too busy for -- hatpins and grasshoppers, odometers and overalls. Along with his fabulous lucidity, he sets new standards of technical accomplishment in all sorts of verse forms, including the anagram poem and the pantoum. And - most unexpectedly in an agrarian writer - he has the metaphysical imagination that can see the writing spider as "the little webster" -- what a brilliant conceit! These poems, which resemble ideal centaurs in their combination of animal body and deep-thinking head, produce a sum of vision and wisdom.

— William Harmon
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I have for many years now relished the textures of Robert Morgan's words and objects. He has more touchable things per line than one would think the world offers; but that is exactly how he gets us to stop ignoring our world.

— Sandra McPherson
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Morgan remains one of our keenest poets of lucidity and attention and makes sacred the peripheral, the often unsung. He stares deeply into that which we rarely consider, as all good poets do.

— William Wright, Oxford American
. . .

Robert Morgan has a rare and cunning gift: he can sift through the detritus of the past, pluck objects and images from his memory (especially his childhood) and elevate them to the point where they become -- in the sense that Campbell used the word -- 'numinous.'

— Gary Carden, The Smoky Mountain News
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