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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
August 25 - Oct 1

Exhibition: Vicki, with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

performances
September 21

Formations presents Steve Nelson-Raney & Binder-Mollerskov-Schlei-Westfahl

film & video
September 22

aCinema: // In Silence Arrives the Tempest // Waiting on Paradise //

exhibitions
September 23 -23

Reception: Vicki with an i, organized by Michelle Grabner

readings & workshops
September 28

Poetry Reading: Stacy Blint, Rebecca Eland & Mark Tardi

readings & workshops
September 30

100 Thousand Poets for Change MKE

readings & workshops
October 5

Poetry Reading: Feliz Lucia Molina

exhibitions
October 11

Exhibition: Jen Bervin, Tactile Lanuguage

readings & workshops
October 12

Offsite Event: Justice for All: Selected Writings of Lloyd A. Barbee

readings & workshops
October 13

Poetry Reading: Caitlin Scarano, Paula Carter & Freesia McKee

performances
October 22

Alternating Currents Live: Tom Rainey & Devin Drobka Percussion Duo

readings & workshops
October 26

Urban Echo Poets

special events
November 3

Join us on Friday, November 3rd for our 37th Annual Anniversary Gala!

 

readings & workshops
November 8

Poetry Reading: Matt Cook

Don Share

Don Share is Senior Editor of Poetry magazine in Chicago. He has been Poetry Editor of Harvard Review and Partisan Review, Editor of Literary Imagination, and Curator of Poetry at Harvard University. His books include Squandermania (Salt Publishing), Union (Zoo Press), Seneca in English (Penguin Classics); forthcoming are a critical edition of Basil Bunting's poems (Faber and Faber) and Bunting's Persia (Flood Editions). His translations of Miguel Hernández, collected in I Have Lots of Heart(Bloodaxe Books) were awarded the Times Literary Supplement Translation Prize, the Premio Valle Inclán Prize, and the PEN/New England Discovery Award.

Selected Poems

Sweet Water, Best Bread


Don Share

 

Bread, kneaded with rainwater,
failing that, with pure light thin
fountain water that arises in the east
and flows forever eastward, failing
that, water from a quick-running spring
from flinty, chalky, gravelly ground,
failing that, water from the longest river
you can find, failing that, muddy, still,
thick water left to settle for a day or two,
or even well-water lifted in dark old stone
cisterns ~ and if nature won't afford you
these your purest water must then be had
by art at infinite cost, and in rudiments.