“To read Madeline Tiger’s poetry is like flowing with the river of life itself. Quickly, slowly, around bends and curves, dashed over stones, full of human traffic. Life, love and death are her subjects—not the abstractions but the details, and she gets the details right.”—Alicia Ostriker
“As beautiful as [these poems] are on paper, they are musical in the way old-fashioned rhyming poems are: they go into you and stay... Her courage to tell the truth wins our confidence... I don’t know of any books of poetry that address subjects that are so difficult to talk about (a son’s death, abuse of another son... the violence in her marriage). These poems skirt the pitfalls of autobiographical writing because of their unsparing look at the speaker, and because of their lucidity in form, emotion, and idea. The poems are intimate..., yet the language is so precise, the forms so exquisitely wrought that it gives each a feeling of sculptural weight...
of iron or clay.”—Toi Derricotte
“I much admire Madeline Tiger’s poetry of observation, her keen memory and her holding of things dear... But I also admire her poems of pure imagination, dreamy and scary... Some of the poems are heartbreaking, but she faces her heratbreaking experiences with the bravery of good music so that there is no fake comfort. I look at these poems of thirty years and realize what a strong poet she is...” —Gerald Stern
“Having sailed the seas of love and loss, Madeline Tiger finds terra firma in the word, in the poem. Here is the result: 30 years of courage and craft, passion and precision, in a rock solid addition to the contemporary canon.” —Paul Genega
“...Birds of Sorrow and Joy is a compelling book that celebrates intimacy and the practice of leaning into life despite difficult challenges. The poems unabashedly draw the reader into the felt sense of a moment... the poet... explores hard questions, meanings, and the sometimes painful insights that ultimately connect us all. These exceptionally well-crafted poems successfully carry the emotional weight of this fine collection.” — William Kelly, Multicultural Review
Madeline Tiger has worked as Artist-in-Education in New Jersey schools and is a “Dodge Poet.” Her many publications include My Father’s Harmonica and White Owl. She lives in New Jersey where she raised her five children.
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