Text and performance by Tamara J. Madison
Recorded & Mixed by dbx @ Key Recording, Atlanta, GA
Produced by IKE BOOGIE!!
Additional Recording by Ike Boogie!!
Sound Design by Ike Boogie!!
Guitar on "Beulah" by dobroide @ freesound.org
sfx sourced from freesound.org
With vibrant characters, powerful story, and provocative imagery, Kentucky Curdled is a poetic sequence unveiling the story of a tragedy in a small rural community. Each of the persona poems is a character (human or other) that shares his reflections and responses to the death of a young community member. The story is timely and contemporary raising questions of how to make peace in times of senseless crime and violence, often without the luxury of answers and "justice."
Kentucky Curdled is the perfect blend of poetry, spoken word, performance, and audio book making it enticing for poetry, fiction and spoken word audiences. This is Tamara J. Madison's long awaited second solo offering showcasing her skills as author, poet, and performer.
WRITER’S STATEMENT: "This project grew creatively from a family story that was shared with me many years ago. Kentucky Curdled is my offering to create a sacred space for many to mourn and celebrate the lives and the challenges of those who came before us, suffered and survived that we might arrive. It is also my effort to extract and nurture healing, love and beauty from the otherwise horrific.
"Many thanks to New England College for the workshop start on this sequence. Special thanks to Kaba, Ilya, Sage, Sulonda, Allajuah, Ajeemah, Tonya, IKE BOOGIE, Key Recording, And/Or Magazine, bill, aaduna, and Lynwoodt (RIP) for believing in me and supporting me out on a limb with this work. Auntie, I am honored and humbled that you entrusted this family story to me."
NOTE: For poetry lovers and students of poetry, Kentucky Curdled will also be available in print complete with the poet’s essay, “Obsessing Sequence: The Making of Kentucky Curdled” and other personal notes regarding the collection. For more information and release of the publication please refer to Tamara’s website.