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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

Anne Shaw

Anne Shaw is the author of Undertow (Persea Books), winner of the 2006 Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in New American Writing, Court Green, Phoebe, 26, and numerous other journals. She teaches creative writing and lives in Milwaukee. 

Anne Shaw's impressive debut Undertow(Persea Books, 2008) is propelled by wanderlust, its music derived from the rumble of freight trains and the heave of ferries through literal and imaginative waterways. Whether set in Maine or in Arizona, in Ecuador or in Thailand, in waking or in dreaming, each poem resounds with the beauty and remoteness of its locality. Re-imaginings of travelogues by some notable explorers and naturalists, including Sir Walter Raleigh and Georg Eberhard Rumphius, underscore the collection's restless yearning for motion. Undertow marks the emergence of a distinctive new voice.

Selected Poems

Drag King Manifesto

Anne Shaw


That woman is an engine, I refuse. To generate. To be chambered. To combust.

Let her who would acquire don the masculine article. The necktie and the wingtip and the the.
              The leather chair, its kingdom. As swishy shadow tidies in the wake.

I too unhitch my notice. I touch what I will touch. I wear roulette-wheel cufflinks
              and filch the jack of diamonds from the deck.

I'll show you how to razor: Take off your gown of ghosts. Untie your solaces, unzip your name.

Let her who would be pirate begin in piracy. The double-breasted suit. The clip.
              And Adam's apple pendant in the throat.

Let her who would go veiled take up her wrench, her drill. Up her sleeve the jackal
             of hearts, the jack of jills.

Let her in frilled distress begin. To study the mallet, the screw.

And therefore tinker. Therefore crux. How treason wears the pants.

Let her who would go naked smith her tool.