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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
July 6

Poetry Reading: Derrick Harriell

readings & workshops
July 11

Offsite Reading: Poetry In the Park

special events
July 11 -21

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Archived readings & workshops
Jan 15 Friday, January 15
11:00am,

Join us to celebrate the publication of Stephen Anderson's Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015).

 

Stephen Anderson is a prize-winning Milwaukee poet whose work has appeared in numerous print and online journals. Many of Anderson’s poems have been featured on the Milwaukee NPR-affiliate WUWM Lake Effect Program. He is the author of Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015) Montezuma Resurrected And Other Poems (2001) and The Silent Tango of Dreams (2006 chapbook). Several of his poems appeared in the poetry collection, Portals And Piers (2012). In the summer of 2013, six of his poems formed the text for a chamber music composition entitled, The Privileged Secrets of the Arch, performed by some musicians, including two members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer.


 

Reverie

 

The stars—

the very same ones

beheld by

my wide-eyed ancestors in the early 1800s—

now shine on me, brightly as they did then

in the Midwestern north country where

those spirited relatives built sod-houses on their tracts of land

with rough hands and sheer

determination, not too far from where I,

some time and distance apart,

sit watching Shakespeare

under that same canopy of stars,

a smile of wonder on my face while caught up in

A Midsummer Night’s Dream,

the cicada serenade,

the late summer cool caress of night air—

 

a communion with an apartness

not really understood there …

          —Stephen Anderson