Madison is a serious poetry city

Ron Wallace, from the UW–Madison English...
Madison is a serious poetry city

The recent “retirement” of one of my favorite poets of all time, Ron Wallace, from the UW-Madison English Department reawakened a personal source of civic pride: Madison as a serious poetry city.

Wallace is a world-renowned giant in the field, and there are a bunch of wonderful poets among the faculty of the creative writing program, which he founded. But Ruben Medina, whose Nación Nómada was just re-released in expanded form, is on the faculty of the UW Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Madison poet laureate Oscar Mireles runs Omega School.

Then there’s the Madison Poetry Workshop, Urban Spoken Word, Monsters of Poetry and more. “Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world,” wrote Percy Bysshe Shelley. He must have been thinking about Madison.