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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

Rebecca Dunham

Rebecca Dunham is the author of three collections of poetry, Glass Armonica, The Flight Cage, and The Miniature Room. She has received an NEA fellowship and was a Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellow with the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, FIELD, Colorado Review, AGNI, and others. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Selected Poems

Rebecca

after the novel by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca Dunham

Counter the clock: let its hands whir hot as a circular saw. The dead do return

to stalk their familiar halls—scent of crushed azalea, lipsticked cloth fished

from a mackintosh pocket. Fast and blue, I pour cyclonic, the kind of

knowledge a husband would keep for himself: pleasures of the flesh, peat-

smoked whiskey's steady burn, and the certainty one will win in the end. It is

worth it—bullet to the heart, spike-drilled hull, the sea cocks left open and

rushing. Remember: Rebecca did this, as I am doing, and put the lily to the

vase's open mouth, not the first to do it.