Tamara Madison

Tamara Madison grew up on a citrus farm near Mecca, California, and began writing poetry as soon as she could hold a pen. She is the author of the chapbook The Belly Remembers, which won the 2004 Jane Buel Bradley Prize, as well as two full-length volumes of poetry, Wild Domestic and Moraine, all published by Pearl Editions.

Madison’s poems have twice been featured on Garrison Keillor’s THE WRITER’S ALMANAC. Her work has appeared in Chiron Review, Your Daily Poem, A Year of Being Here, Sheila-Na-Gig, Nerve Cowboy, the Writer’s Almanac and other publications. She is thrilled to have recently retired from teaching English and French in a Los Angeles high school.

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“Delicious, delightful and sexy!”

Tamara Madison’s new collection of poems gathers together her unique, always surprising views and insights into the world and life around her. She sees and finds meaning in things that most of us give only a passing glance to. These poems make the wonder and connections she feels for the things of this world both palpable and moving.

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Wild Domestic

“An invitation to walk on the wild side”

The poems in Wild Domestic, Tamara Madison’s first full-length collection, are an invitation to a walk on the wild side. Stepping outside herself as woman, wife, mother, nothing escapes her notice or fails to connect to her place in life, nature, the universe. From the giant Sequoia to the tiniest insect–from the dog ”for whom life is an endless reel of joy and desire” to the hornworm feasting on her tomato plants–she senses a oneness with the things of this earth, the circle of life, and all we strive for. Madison’s insights are often startling or unexpected, but always reflect her keen sense of history and language and her remarkable brand of intelligence and humor.

“The poems in Madison’s debut collection…reveal her wit and keen eye for social observation. But, it is not just the intelligence that I admire in her poems, it’s the sense that the poems in The Belly Remembers arise as much from muscle and sinew as from gray matter. Madison’s poems are as taut as a well-toned body, lively as a well-toned mind.” — Donna Hilbert


Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. — Leonard Cohen

December 6, 2018 * 6 – 7:30 PM

Open Mic Night at Central Library

Anaheim Central Library, 500 West Broadway, Anaheim, United States.
Tamara Madison will be reading her poetry and selling signed copies of her books at this free event open to performers and spectators of all ages. Poets, singers, songwriters, storytellers, and listeners are welcome.

Upcoming Events

October 18, 2018 * 7:30 – 9:30 PM

Poetry at Artlife Gallery

Artlife Gallery, 720 South Allied Way, El Segundo CA
Tamara Madison and Arnine Iknodossian will be reading their poetry at this free event open to performers and spectators of all ages. Open readers and or musicians are invited to sign-up to perform in advance on Meetup or by calling. Perform two poems, one song (or 3 minutes) to precede or follow the feature as time allows.

For more info call or text 310-938-2511 or 310-753-6892 to contact co-hosts Vanesa Andrade and Betsy Kenoff.

October 20, 2018 * 12 Noon – 5 PM

Long Beach Poetry Book Fair

Nuts and Bolts Room at MADE by Millworks, 240 Pine Avenue, Long Beach, CA.
Come hear Tamara Madison and other featured poets and writers at this event showcasing local authors and small press publishers from Long Beach and beyond. Meet the publishers and the poets. Buy signed copies from the authors. Listen to poets share some of their work.

Selected Poems

I Miss the Cold War

I miss the Cold War:
cloak and dagger, spies, secret codes,
shorelines bristling with nukes.
Mutually Assured Destruction —
how cheerful that now sounds!

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The dentist shows me photographs
of my teeth, their vintage fillings
glisten like mountain lakes,
their alpine peaks ground down
from years of carrots, nuts,
popcorn kernels. He shows me

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Wild Domestic

when it rains, the cats come in
to claim the comforts
of their entitlement:
spending days and nights curled
on a warm bed, doing nothing
while the dog, who only wants
to know them, paws at the door.

Wild Domestic

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