Today's poem is "Blue"
from Signals

The University of South Carolina Press

Ed Madden is an associate professor of English and associate director of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina as well as writer in residence at the Riverbanks Botanical Gardens in Columbia, South Carolina. He earned his B.A. in English from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas, a B.S. in biblical studies from the Institute for Christian Studies in Austin, Texas, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English from the University of Texas at Austin. Madden is the author of Tiresian Poetics and coeditor of Geographies and Genders in Irish Studies. His essays on politics and Southern culture have appeared in many newspapers and journals and been featured on NPR. He was selected by editor Natasha Trethewey for inclusion in the anthology Best New Poets of 2007.

Books by Ed Madden: Tiresian Poetics: Modernism, Sexuality, Voice, 1888-2001, Signals

Other poems on the web by Ed Madden:
Three poems

Ed Madden according to Wikipedia.

About Signals:

"Signals calls us to consciousness in a natural world that is at once quietly witness to our loves and losses and yet always as urgently and insistently alive as we are. Ed Madden, as with any of our most necessary poets, locates us plainly in this conflicted Eden, this garden of the reverent imagination—greatest of creations and, perhaps, if we fail to mind and tend it, ultimately our undoing. He interprets with wonder and sobering wisdom even the slightest marks we leave behind."
—Rafael Campo

"Signals combines a matter-of-fact lyrical eye with a view to harder social realities, and there is a consistency in the collection, a working with and around couplets and tercets, a sparseness that seems to match an arid landscape, a place where one searches for hope. This collection bears the evidence of a high level of craft alongside a concern for what goes on in our lives."
—Afaa Weaver

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