• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived readings & workshops
Apr 1 Saturday, April 1
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Daniel Poppick's work has been recognized with fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he earned his MFA in 2011. His poetry has appeared in BOMB, the New Republic, Granta, Hyperallergic, The Volta, and elsewhere. A graduate of Kenyon College, he has taught writing and literature at the New School, SUNY Purchase College, Coe College,Victoria University (New Zealand), the University of Iowa. He lives in Brooklyn, where he coedits the Catenary Press.

 

Born in Chicago, Jessica Laser holds degrees from Brown University and The Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is the author of two chapbooks: He That Feareth Every Grass Must Not Piss in a Meadow (paradigm press) and Assumed Knowledge and the Knowledge Assumed from Experience (Catenary Press). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, The Iowa Review, Lana Turner, jubilat, Prelude and elsewhere. She teaches writing at Parsons School of Design.

 


 

APPETITE TECHNICIAN


My ruler hums on the table’s

rim, the wall

a keystroke beating

 

water through its precinct.

My bee unspools

her throat, for coughing

 

wings from plastic heralds

sleet. & December

sings its kitchen

 

in the lamp. I draw triangles

& touch my corners.

Something is against the law.

 

—Daniel Poppick

 

 

The Bulletproof Vest


The bulletproof vest should exist

In the bleary eyes of those who slept

As in your own house a voyeur

Shows you how to take it off

Convincing the whisper of steams to rise

From medieval mesh melted down to the armor

I think of as beauty, its arm around my mind.

I would take the immaculate climb

Over the ridges to see you

But the ridges are long

And we drove to their song

When down that coast-resembling road

We migrated south with the circus party

And laughed without nets.

 

—Jessica Laser