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Event Calendar
readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

special events
March 24

Anne Kingsbury passes the torch to our new directors!

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

readings & workshops
March 29

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
April 4

Creative Open Mic “Show Your Love of the River” Sharing & Member Meeting

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso and Margaret Noodin

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

April 19

Alash Ensemble

April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest

May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

Alan Halsey

Alan Halsey was born in London in 1949. His books include Marginalien (Five Seasons 2005),Not Everything Remotely: Selected Poems 1978-2005 (Salt Publishing 2006), Lives of the Poets(Five Seasons 2009) and Term as in Aftermath(Ahadada 2009). His reading of The Text of Shelley's Death has recently been issued on CD by Optic Nerve and his collaboration with Steve McCaffery Paradigm of the Tinctures is now available as an Argotist ebook. He ran The Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye 1979-1995 and is the editor of West House Books.

Selected Poems

Ars Poetica for 'Gutenberg: The Movie'

Alan Halsey


Finding chocolate by echolocation
a pipistrelle would call mere trompe-l'oreille.
'I always knew Roman spelt trouble'
remarks Ahab in rehab while proving
that his prophecies for 1999 were really
only grasping the wrong end of a compositor's stick.
'Why the always wanting to finish any writing
and so end the pleasure?' Why 'always'?
Why 'any'? It takes so much distemper
to measure the ado. Query
whether goblin or globin where the quarry
is genetic or a twelve-mile tailback on a major route
across the wordland, a zodiac to you
if not zebra misbehaving in the misbegot gazebo.
'Change of mind could be costly for Halsey.'
'Presence' with the usual erratum in this
case gone missing but to an X-ray I
presumed however reprehensible apparent
and loosely translated 'Presentation'.