Beautiful Signor

Cyrus Cassells

Beautiful Signor is a trenchant search for beauty in a world ravaged by cruelty. In the face of the AIDS pandemic and the specter of sexual wounding, Beautiful Signor gracefully reminds us of “romantic, erotic love as a gateway to spiritual love” (American Bookseller). With unwavering tenderness these poems bring the enduring legacy of the troubadours and Sufi poets into a modern lyric tradition.

ISBN: 9781556591242

Format: Paperback

About the Author

A 2019 Guggenheim Fellow, Cyrus Cassells has also been a recipient of a Lambda Literary Award, a Pushcart Prize, the William Carlos Williams Award, and a Lannan Literary Award. He was a finalist for the NAACP Image Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, the AWP Poetry Prize, the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and twice for the Balcones Prize (in 2012 and 2018) for Outstanding Book of the Year. His first book, The Mud …

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“Cyrus Cassells… is considered one of the major voices of contemporary American poetry.” —Parade

“Cassells’s poems reiterate the need to experience romantic, erotic love as a gateway to spiritual love.” —American Bookseller

Beautiful Signor is magnificent, bright, freshly observed and sexy.” —Bay Windows

“[Beautiful Signor,] read in a sitting, is a crescendo of physical and spiritual ecstasy.” —Echo Magazine

“[The poetry] of Cyrus Cassells has a lush, velvety quality, with the aroma and mouthfeel of a well-aged red.” —Ken Furtado, Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review

“In his third collection, Beautiful Signor, Cyrus Cassells continues to make the spiritual quest a dominant theme… Cassells is among the most gifted poets writing today and he seems to know exactly when to enhance his natural eloquence with a remarkable image.” —Hungry Mind Review

“[Beautiful Signor], a valentine for gay men, is a book I heartily welcome for its spiritual poetics enshrined in a music that joins heaven and earth.”—Timothy Liu, Lambda Book Report

“… [A] powerful and splendid volume…Cassells is a passionate poet whose poems touch the core of human connection.” —Library Journal, starred review