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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Michael Robins

Michael Robins is the author of The Next Settlement (UNT Press, 2007), which received the Vassar Miller Prize. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Handsome, Ploughshares, and Leopard Print: Twelve Writers Change Their Spots, a mini-anthology of heteronymic writing. He was born in Portland, Oregon, and lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Selected Poems

Personations of Mother Goose


Michael Robins

 

What light in the sky to leave, what flags
through town, their white Q's. How I was

as I had been has nothing against captains,
with distance between an awkward door

& fence, in what appear to be the stars
in a month in this string of deadly months.

My movement upends, my gestures vanish.
This happens again & again like lightning

to rod. Like difficult to stand if standing
is stance, the wedge between citizen & me.

Where Q gets buried I found the string
& pulled. Doing so, could not stop pulling.