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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

Daniel Tiffany

Daniel Tiffany is the author of ten books of poetry and literary criticism, including most recently, Neptune Park(Omnidawn Publishing) and My Silver Planet: A Secret History of Poetry and Kitsch (Johns Hopkins University Press). Previous books of poetry include Privado (Action Books, 2010), The Dandelion Clock (Tinfish Press, 2010), and Puppet Wardrobe (Parlor Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in the Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, Lana Turner, and New American Writing. Tiffany has also published translations of texts by Sophocles and the Italian poet Cesare Pavese, as well as Georges Bataille's pornographic tale, Madame Edwarda. He is professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and has been awarded a Whiting Fellowship, the Chicago Review Poetry Prize and the Berlin Prize in 2012 by the American Academy.

Selected Poems

Fronting



Daniel Tiffany Mostly the creeps turn their heads
so as to not see us.

A repeated phrase glitters on the threshold.
My boyfriends drink out of a dark

green puddle. What is Man
that thou should magnify him?


Then, too, then, too, then, too,
the Bardot girls listen for strangers

back home. Lucky that
grimy curtain doesn't do much

to hide the bed.
Pepper three-way

now your poppy
bower syndrome, not all there

to feel the pranks my boyfriends
have in store for me. 
 


Birdnest Bound



It's easy to draw
a bread and buttermilk line
through Finland.

She fell and left her life
among the stars.
Dido never could be found.

Just as
the mistle-
toe in dead winter

grows a fresh leaf,
its own and not
its host's.

All the mob
comes pouring
to shore.

Birdnest bound,
birdnest builded
on the ground.

Alice never could be found,
a tin of kissing comfits in her pocket.
What,

any medium
can be stiffened
with pearl,

with her ain't gonna play
no secret no more
 look
back, I say.

Still got that throwing-away burning away.

The mouth she asks
this with:
flint, flour, dent, pop.

Something for the horse.