Praise for Wake Up, Sleepwalker
“This is a brilliant, wonderful book with provocative insights on every page and new language for the heady, raw experience of being alive. Sigman Byrd is more than accomplished. He is simply splendid, and these poems are nourishment for the ‘smoky crevices of the heart.’”
—Joe David Bellamy, author of Green Freedom
“Buddhist though he may be, Sigman Byrd doesn’t use the poems in this remarkable collection to demonstrate sublime detachment. . . . Whatever glittering objects the world dangles before us, distraction is a kind of stupor, he argues. And so, even as the title of this terrific collection calls on itself and the reader to wake up, Byrd keeps on poking us, poking again and again, with poems full of urgency, liveliness, and good, mordant humor.”
—Katharine Coles, author of The Earth Is Not Flat
“Wake Up, Sleepwalker is a book of paradoxes that work in perfect harmony. Sigman Byrd’s poems have energy and grace, high wit and low humor, heady thoughts and common sundries, as well as trouble and troublemakers, including that maker of all things, the Great Troublemaker Himself. Richly textured and smartly perceived, Wake Up, Sleepwalker is a moving and dazzling collection.”
—John Skoyles, author of The Situation and Secret Frequencies
Sigman Byrd teaches writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Under the Wanderer’s Star, which won the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize, and Who We Were, a chapbook of poems. He received his doctorate in creative writing and literature from the University of Utah and has published numerous poems in well-known journals. He lives in Westminster, Colorado, with his wife, Renata, and their two children.