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Each Chartered Street
Sebastian Agudelo




Saturnalia
2013 • 96 pp. 5 1/2 x 7 1/2"
Poetry

$15.00 Paperback, 978-0-9833686-9-4



A second collection that turns over and cracks open the underbelly of American urban neighborhoods

Sebastian Agudelo’s second book engages a documentary poetics to dissect an inner city neighborhood and explore the social, political, and economic tensions and affinities as well as search for the humanness of living together. The book is bracketed by an introductory section that looks to the past to contextualize and complicate the contemporary questions, and a closing section that looks to the future for a more global and environmental definition of what a neighbor might be. As Daisy Fried writes, “Each Chartered Street is a complicated, wonderful, humanist book about urban life and urban characters, novelistic in its reach, intricate in its lingo, literary in its references, and alive to the troubled streets of Philadelphia. Do put it on your list.”

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Each Chartered Street is a complicated, wonderful, humanist book about urban life and urban characters, novelistic in its reach, intricate in its lingo, literary in its references, and alive to the troubled streets of Philadelphia. Do put it on your list.”—Daisy Fried

“In poems that emit the whir of the world, Agudelo surveys a wide swath of urban life, Philadelphia functioning for him as London did for William Blake. “Whose city is this?” Oedipus asks in one of the poems, and the poet’s answer is a public servant on his daily commute, oddments of Western Civilization in his satchel, singing as he goes.”—Lucia Perillo

From the Book:

That the cicada is the mercy of the muse,
our birth but sleep and forgetting,
that the body dizzies in a realm of the variable.

Plato in the elevator, as good a place
as any I guess, to ponder soul’s madness,
the den of ignorance, the wash

and opacity that’s the day to day, the lives
on trees and shrubs. As good a place,
and this emo, dweebish, Gothy girl has

her nose buried in it, a cinderblock
worth of dialogues, truth, goodness, the just
lumbered by crime and outrage.



SEBASTIAN AGUDELO is the author of To the Bone, winner of the 2008 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, selected by Mark Doty. He teaches at University of the Arts and lives with his wife and daughter in Philadelphia.



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