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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
May 4 - Jun 11

Exhibition: News from the Homefront, Recent Works by Jeff Morin

readings & workshops
May 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

film & video
May 26

aCinema presents Curious Games

readings & workshops
June 1

Book Release: Resist Much / Obey Little: Inaugural Poems to the Resistance

readings & workshops
June 4

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Scappettone

readings & workshops
June 6 -9

Intersite: Geopoetics of the Constructed Landscape and Beyond

special events
June 11 -11

Anja Notanja Sieger's Advice Tent

Archived readings & workshops
Jan 18 Wednesday, January 18
11:00am, $5

Join us to celebrate two new poetry collections - Sylvia Cavanaugh’s Staring Through My Eyes (Finishing Line Press, 2016) & Ed Block’s Anno Domini (Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2016).

 

Ed Block, Emeritus Professor of English at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, retired from teaching in 2012. He and his family have lived in Greendale, Wisconsin for twenty-six years. There he tends a garden, does water colors, leads book discussions at the local library, and continues to read and write about literature and compose poems. His interviews and essays on literary topics, and on the spirituality of everyday life, have appeared in AMERICA, IMAGE, LOGOS, HOMILETIC AND PASTORAL REVIEW, U.S. CATHOLIC, and a variety of other journals. He is currently at work on another book of poems, tentatively titled Seasons of Change.

    

Originally from Pennsylvania, Sylvia Cavanaugh has an M.S. in Urban Planning from the University of Wisconsin. She teaches high school African and Asian cultural studies and advises break dancers and poets. She and her students are actively involved in the Sheboygan chapter of 100,000 Poets for Change. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her poems have appeared in An Arial Anthology, Gyroscope Review, The Journal of Creative Geography, Midwaest Review, Stoneboat Literary Journal, Verse-Wisconsin, and elsewhere.  She is a contributing editor for Verse-Virtual: An Online Community Journal of Poetry. Her chapbook, Staring Through My Eyes, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2016.


 

Mermaid Tattoo Becomes Enmeshed in Her Relationship

 

I was crafted carefully and with cunning

to link my ink to this relentless red flow

nailed down to the pulse  

like a seashell ocean’s echo my  

two dimensions bend and arch

they ache to the rhythm of his three as

I’m plastered flat to a twining twitch

of muscle and deeper down

I sense the bone I cannot grasp it makes

my stomach turn and yet my

tiny nipples burn I yearn for him

trapped beneath the death of him

as his outer layer flakes away

and I’m the only witness

 

we hover over women with

their open legs like rowboat oars

the wretched separation  

distantly they beg for us and

gnash their teeth

we heave and sweat

the salty sea and thrash

a flash of scale on

spangled tail

“til his eyes roll back

and stare through mine"

 

—Sylvia Cavanaugh, from Staring Through My Eyes

first published in Peninsula Poets


 

 

Prairie Hours

 

No lark at dawn

ascends from sullen ground;

my prayers, a nest

of broken shells.

By day my stubble fields

are whipped by winds of guilt;

my prayers are chaff.

At night my prayers,

like empty bowls,

rattle in the cupboard

of my heart,

as trains of sadness

rumble through the crossings

of my life.

 

—Ed Block, from Anno Domini