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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
February 23

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale & Roberto Harrison

readings & workshops
February 24

RESCHEDULED: Genre: Urban Arts No. 3 Release

readings & workshops
March 1

Wisconsin Reads The Round House

film & video
March 2

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 7

Poetry Reading: Kwabena Antoine Nixon

readings & workshops
March 8

Poetry Reading: Ed Block & Jenny Benjamin

readings & workshops
March 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Suman Chhabra

performances
March 15

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 17

Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jose-Luis Moctezuma & Jay Besemer

readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Louis

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso

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

performances
April 19

Alash Ensemble

exhibitions
April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Layli Long Soldier

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

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

George Albon

George Albon is the author of Empire Life (Littoral Books), Thousands Count Out Loud (lyric & press), Brief Capital of Disturbances (Omnidawn), and Step(The Post-Apollo Press). Chapbooks include King (Meow Press), Transit Rock(Duration Press), and Reading Pole(Seeing Eye Books). His work has appeared in Hambone, New American Writing, O Anthology 4, Avec Sampler 1, The New Review of Literature, and the anthologies The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry,Bay Poetics, and Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard. His essay "The Paradise of Meaning" was the George Oppen Memorial Lecture for 2002. He lives and works in San Francisco.

"George Albon's Momentary Songs sound the possibilities of forwardness and hope in a surrounding twilight of unprecedented venality. Using a variety of registers—lyrical inquiry, Blakean exhortation, the satirical spiel of Morgenstern's Gallows Songs—they search for alternative states (public ones, affective ones) as well as offer a probe on what has come to pass."
- Rodney Koeneke

Selected Poems

from Momentary Songs


George Albon

 

First I was bruised
but that was just oaths.
Later I came down
in clean sports clothes.

Short sleeves, khakis,
mint-green convertible.
Watched numbers spin round
and him take the ball.

So much dead air
I want to claim
but objects are near,
no overtime.