Book / Project
Echolocations, Poets Map Madison
edited by Sarah Busse &Wendy Vardaman, Madison Poets Laureate, with Shoshauna Shy, Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf
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?
ISBN 978-0-9846568-4-4, softcover, poetry
$20 (add $5 shipping/handling for mail orders to PO Box 620216 Middleton, WI 53562)
Purchase in print from Cowfeather Press at Cowfeather events, Cowfeather's book page, or online at Amazon.com. Proceeds benefit the Madison Poet Laureate Fund.Read more about the Madison Poet Laureate program, a volunteer position overseen by the Madison Arts Commission.
Also available as a Kindle e-book.
Event photos by Martha Kaplan. Audio from Echolocations' contributors.
Poetry collage, "Found Sound" & local haiku created 11-23-13 at the 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.
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. Contact us to learn more or to connect your project. Use #WriteYourMadison at Twitter or email cowfeather (at) versewisconsin.org. Poems will be created and collected at events and through special calls (see sidebar) through 2015, then posted to this website. Calls and event information are made through Twitter, the Cowfeather newsletter, and this website. But why wait to hear from us? You can use #WriteYourMadison to advertise your Madison poetry events, post links to poems, post poems about Madison in video or jpg form, or talk poetry in Madison and beyond.
Where are Echolocations' Poems Set in Madison?
Go to the larger Google Map here.
Poetry Bikes Launch in April, 2013
Poetry Bikes are part of a 3-way partnership of Madison B-Cycle, Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf, and Cowfeather Press. The 10 poems chosen by PJOS to go on the bikes are among those submitted to the Madison anthology project. They will appear, along with all of the selected poems, in Echolocations, Poets Map Madison, Cowfeather Press, Fall 2013. Proceeds from the anthology will go to the John Tuschen Poet Laureate Memorial Fund that exists to remember Madison's first laureate, as well as to provide, eventually, some expenses for projects of future city laureates. Thirty poetry bikes are available for rent through B-Cycle around Madison!