THE MADRONA PROJECT: ART IN A PUBLIC VOICE displays gorgeous images of public art found throughout Washington, Oregon and British Columbia; these images of original paintings and sculptures by renown artists accompany poems by celebrated authors.
The poems in this fourth anthology of THE MADRONA PROJECT series celebrate public art in the Pacific Northwest. Art in a Public Voice, edited by Michael Daley and Samuel and Sally Green, joins 54 works of publicly-owned art with poems by 54 Washington, Oregon and British Columbia poets writing in response to works of art they’ve selected. Poems and color photos of the art are presented together on generous 8.5 x 11” pages. Contributing poets and artists include: Edward Harkness (Tony Angell), Linda Bierds (William Cumming), Sharon Hashimoto (Barry Harem), Kathleen Flenniken (Nance Bracken), Tony Curtis (Philip McCracken), Tim McNulty (Morris Graves), Alicia Hokanson (Michael Spafford), Timothy Kelly (Andrea Wilbur-Sigo), Fiona Tinwei Lam (Henry Moore), Tod Marshall (Jack Archibald), Barbara Drake (Alice Cooper), Robert Michael Pyle (Rich Beyer).
Poetry. Art. Miscellaneous.
”Art tethers us to history, ourselves, and our future. THE MADRONA PROJECT: ART IN A PUBLIC VOICE is a generous and compelling archiving of the miraculous cross-pollination of visual art and spoken word, gifts from and for the people to keep sacred the mythic traditions and spirit of that which binds us to all living things.” — Galen Garwood, Pacific Northwest Artist
”This kaleidoscope of a book takes us across the Pacific Northwest, from the Salish Sea to the inland valleys and on up to Canada, to see murals, sculptures and other works of public art. Naturally the poetry, like the visual art inspiring it, varies in its ways of seeing and feeling. We find the tenderness of Patrick Dixon's ‘Motherhood,’ after Simon Kogan's figure of the same name. In Barbara Drake's response to Alice Cooper's sculpture ‘Sacagawea,’ there's a sense of searching. In their poem sparked by Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo's ‘Non-Sign II: Oculus,’ poets Luther Allen and J.I. Kleinberg find a way of describing the conversation between images and words. Art, they write, is ‘a space to be filled with dreams, imagination, memory . . . a question, an invitation.’” —Diane Urbani de la Paz, Arts Journalist
”Think of poets as art critics. These are the stories everyone wants: Tender, earthy critiques prolonging a sense of place and pulling at heartstrings. These are my first thoughts after reading and weeping. I was seriously moved.” —Kathleen Faulkner, Pacific Northwest Artist