Winner of the 2010 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry
The poems in this enchanting debut capture the dubious nature of even the most reverent tourism. From Provincetown to Prague, in cemeteries and abbeys, they address with tongue in cheek the artifacts and denizens of the sacrosanct places they visit, exploring what it means to appreciate the foreign and sacred.
Praise for the book:
“Cynthia Marie Hoffman writes with passionate lucidity, and the precision of her gaze—the ‘long crystal eye’ of her lyrical camera—sweeping across the grandeur and detritus of the world gives her visions back to us various and new. Sightseer: how right this title is! Hoffman is a seer whose words re-imagine the sights and sites on which she focuses this wondrous travelogue. Hers is a poetic debut to remember.” —Sandra M. Gilbert
“In the opening poem of Sightseer, Cynthia Marie Hoffman declares to a starfish, ‘I am the idiot tourist.’ She is anything but. Hoffman guides us attentively and exuberantly through European churches, hotels, graveyards, reliquaries, parks, castles, and town squares, her voice razor-sharp, funny, and luminously self-aware as she writes of (and to) a Polish synagogue, an Irish priory, and a medieval Russian prince, among others. These poems shimmer and shout, bless and address. Sightseer is an unforgettable, revelatory experience.”
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Original trade paperback / $15.00 (Can 16.50) / ISBN 978-0-89255-368-6 / 80 pages / Poetry