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Selected by Afaa Weaver as the third annual winner of the South Carolina Poetry Book Prize, Signals is the first book-length collection from Ed Madden. Deeply rooted in the recognizable landscapes and legacies of the American South, these lyric poems couple daring engagements in topics of race and sexuality with tender reflections on personal and cultural histories. Madden ...more
Paperback, 68 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by University of South Carolina Press
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Dec 29, 2011 Terri rated it 5 of 5 stars
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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 hayfie
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.
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