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Signals

Ed Madden

Publication Year: 2012

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's adopted home of South Carolina rises to the surface in poems set at Folly Beach, Fort Moultrie, Lake Keowee, and Middleton Place. His interrogations of social oppression conjure the ubiquitous iconography of the bygone Confederacy, a first encounter with the miniseries Roots, and a cameo appearance by Strom Thurmond. In the collection's central section, Madden turns to issues of sexual difference, community formation, and the place of gay men in contemporary Southern culture. Throughout Madden repeatedly turns to the artifacts that demarcate his memories of youth in the rural South to ask how we define home, how we form meaning out of the silences and losses of the past, and what rituals and relationships might sustain us as we inch forward across a rough terrain of shifting emotional and moral challenges.

Published by: University of South Carolina Press

Series: South Carolina Poetry Book Prize

Cover

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pp. 1-3

Title Page

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pp. 4-4

Copyright Page

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pp. 5-5

Dedication Page

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pp. 6-9

Table of Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Foreword

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pp. xi-xii

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. ...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-xiv

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the editors of the following publications in which these poems first appeared, some in slightly different versions: ...

I

Trough

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pp. 3-18

Silver

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pp. 4-19

What I Found

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pp. 5-7

Self-Portrait with Lettered Olives

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pp. 8-23

Tansy

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pp. 9-24

Kilnaboy

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pp. 10-11

Variations on a Postcard, Achill Island, 1960s

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pp. 12-14

II

Inventory

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pp. 17-18

Auction

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pp. 19-20

Blue

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pp. 21-22

Emblem

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pp. 23-38

Flaneur

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pp. 24-25

At the Mütter Museum

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pp. 26-27

Home Economics

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pp. 28-43

Cabin near Caesar’s Head

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pp. 29-30

Spider Lilies

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pp. 31-32

III

Here, or the White Boy on the Bus

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pp. 35-36

Confederates

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pp. 37-38

Signals

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pp. 39-40

Journal

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pp. 41-42

Molasses

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pp. 43-44

Pest Houses, Sullivan’s Island

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pp. 45-49

Sunday Morning,Wadmalaw

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pp. 50-53

Coastal

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pp. 54-55

Three Poems on Politics

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pp. 56-58

Amagon, Arkansas

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pp. 59-60

Roots: An Essay on Race

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pp. 61-66

Dialectics

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pp. 67-82

Rites

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pp. 68-70

Notes

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pp. 71-72


E-ISBN-13: 9781611171167
Print-ISBN-13: 9781570037504

Page Count: 88
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: South Carolina Poetry Book Prize
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OCLC Number: 607306586
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  • Southern States -- Poetry.
  • Race -- Poetry.
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