“Something HUGE flexes joy here! This is the suicide by cop where banging cymbals rip the portal open! Poetry is the daily political at every mouthful of Siegell as dots connect dimension to dementia! Tell the funeral director I’d like my coffin lined with these pages, preventing a death of the sleeping! Careful, nutjobs, this is a brother of the Vibratory Order! THANK YOU, Paul Siegell, for making some real live fucking magic for us!” —CAConrad, author of Deviant Propulsion (Soft Skull Press, 2006)
"Paul Siegell's the most original poet – in sound and sight – to break into print so far this millennium. Siegell owns a megaphone in the contest to be voice of a generation." —Charles McNair, author of Land O' Goshen and Book Editor at Paste Magazine
“I’m always thrilled by Paul’s work, especially when I can understand it!” —Elaine Siegell, Paul’s mom
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By Paul Siegell
Apr 26, 2009
"Concerted Effort " A Philly poet writes up real life and rock shows in his debut collection. --by Sam Tremble of the Philadelphia City Paper (03.20.08) "I'm browsing through some pics on the Disco Biscuits' MySpace page. Under the album tagged "NYE 07" there's a shot of balloons and confetti falling over a crowd in the Tweeter Center. Somewhere under the blue lights is poet Paul Siegell, copywriter for the Inquirer, whose first book, Poemergency Room, just came out on Otoliths Books, and inside his head, a poem is forming. "*12.31.06 — The Disco Biscuits — Tweeter Center, NJ*," to be exact. It's one of nearly a dozen poems about Philadelphia concerts in his new book, which largely catalogs contemporary city life without cliché in visually startling compositions." For the rest of the article, please visit: http://www.citypaper.net/articles/2008/03/20/concerted-effort
"Don't just read, but experience the live show poems!" Just wanted to say thanks for these great poems, especially the concert poems. Those are my favorite. Each and every show has its own feeling, its own vibe. Paul somehow captures the feeling of the show. It is incredible how you can really experience the show by reading his poems. It's so much fun how they can bring you back to the hilarity that are these shows!
"Praise for Paul Siegell's Poemergency Room" Paul Siegell praises his favorite musicians by creating art out of how they make him feel, and that is how I wish to praise him. I want to photocopy the pages of his book, increase the size, and then hang them on my walls like posters. And I'm able to do that because this book is alive with artistry -- some poems take on the shape of humans ("*ANTIBIOTICS*") and some are of objects ("*HORSESHOE BEND LOOKOUT without Camera*"). Some go straight down the page and some seem to fly off of it, but no matter what they look like, all of Paul Siegell's poems are extraordinary. With titles like "*THE'S THEME PARK THESAURUS*", "*EbEnEzEr Huge, eBeNeZeR Truth*" and "*The Double-o Poem, or All in a Woodpecker's Afternoon*," you know you're in for something mind-blowing! I've had Paul Siegell's Poemergency Room for about two months and I am happy to say that I simply cannot part with it. Even... More > though I've read the whole book (don't know how many times by now), I carry it in my bag where ever I go. Just like one would listen to a favorite CD over and over, this is how I read Poemergency Room.< Less
"POEMergency Room" Unleashed, wild thoughts snarl the upper lip as POEMergeny Room engages all 6 senses. A sensory overture - that has you rereading passages - as a latter rung you have to reach to go higher. Abandoned, the prose and proper - Paul audaciously breaks the glass on the high school fire alarm with imagination - waits at the door with tickets to the Asylum Ball. Really, REALLY top shelf lunacy to be taken seriously and shared. Hell-of-a-show hell-of-a-show indeed. Walt Whitman is smirking behind that beard.
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