Offers meditations on cultural memory, race relations, and sexual identity in the South. This collection of poems couples engagements with topics of race and sexuality with reflections on personal and cultural histories....
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Ed Madden is one of the best modern poets I've ever read. In Signals he struggles with what it means to be Southern. He writes about the setting- South Carolina, Arkansas. He writes about race. He writes about love and history and hidden things. I listened to him read from Signals at the 2008 Southern Festival of Books. Ever since, I've given long and serious thought to where I would like to die. And that, my friends, is good poetry. I finished Signals laying on a blanket in a newly mowed hayfield on my mother's farm, with my husband asleep next to me. The sky was blue and a Hawk circled us, curious. After every poem I had to lay down the book, look around, take in my surroundings and think about the images- the ones in the poem and the ones surrounding me. It is an impressionist's book about moments and places and the people who inhabit moments. I can't recommend it highly enough.
This book, winner of the South Carolina poetry book prize, captures the poet's confrontations with race and sexuality in the South. Madden has a remarkable sense of place; his poems catapult the reader into the often dark places his poems inhabit, in terms of geography but also of history. Beautiful and haunting. Very highly recommended.