edited by Sarah Sadie Busse, Wendy Vardaman & Shoshauna Shy
Here’s a literary block party filled with both echoes and locations, as more than 100 poets share poems that refer to specific Madison places. Long-time residents live next door to writers who passed through for only a while. Local streets intersect with myth, history, personal narrative and ecology. More than geography, more than chronology, what emerges is something akin to the shifting psyche of a city. Poem by poem, a new map evolves, folds back upon its own stories, and rewrites itself over and over through its sounds and its silences, taking into account a variety of perspectives, a multitude of voices. In the end these poets ask us, How many Madisons are there?
Event photos by Martha Kaplan. Audio from Echolocations’ contributors. Poetry collage, “Found Sound” & local haiku created 11-23-13 at the book launch.
Music from the original CD by Crestwood Elementary, All I Hear Is Crickets: Madison Geography and The Sound of Music. Read more about the CD.
Where are Echolocations’ Poems Set in Madison?
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Write Your Madison / #WriteYourMadison
Echolocations is part of Write Your Madison, an event-based and digital place-making project by Madison’s Poets Laureate and Cowfeather Press inviting collaboration and conversation through poetry about your Madison. Use #WriteYourMadison at Twitter to advertise Madison poetry events, post links to poems, post poems about Madison in video or jpg form, or talk poetry in Madison and beyond.
Thanks to the organizations & individuals who have generously featured poems from Echolocations in public places: on rental bicycles (Madison B-Cycle); between bathrooms (Crescendo Espresso Bar); as a handmade Picket Fence Edition (Russell Gardner); as part of the poem & photo exhibit “Beyond the Water’s Edge” (Dane Co. Watershed Commission); as part of “Reflections: Madison,” an exhibit curated by David Wells at Monona Terrace through September, 2014.
Use #WriteYourMadison on Twitter.
Visual & Audio material
- Matthew Stolte, MadPo 1,MadPo 2 (Visual poems)
- Frannie Zellman, Orange Custard Chocolate Chip
- Marilyn Zelke-Windau, Before Thumbin’ to Madison
- Angela Voras-Hills, Water, Water Everywhere
- Moisés Villavicencio Barras,Razones en el Invierno
- Lisa Vihos, Saturday Farm Market
- Steve Tomasko, Listening to Blues at the Barrymore
- Sandy Stark, Out of Thin Air
- Richard Roe, Salsa and Dance at the Jazz Fest, Union Terrace
- Fran Rall, Wisconiana
- Brian Powers, The Run to Picnic Point
- Sara Parrell, Frautschi Point, December
- Andrea O’Brien, The Majestic
- CJ Muchhala, Artistic License& Georgia’s Inheritance
- Peg Lauber, Old House on Lake Monona—The Near End of Jenifer St.
- Martha Kaplan, Voicing the city strange
- Amelia Cook Fontella, The WI Film Festival
- Fabu, Macaja Revels Camped at a Stream of Water & Mr. James Braxton: A Memory Poem
- Karl Elder, Air Lock
- Bruce Dethlefsen, Gone to Ground & Anniversary
- Robin Chapman, Teaching My Son to Drive & This Was a Great Day
- F.J. Bergmann, Cheap at Any Price