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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

Abraham Smith

Abraham Smith hails from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. His poetry collections—via Action Books—are Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer(forthcoming, 2014);Hank (2010); and Whim Man Mammon (2007). His reading highlights include stints at the Academy of American Poets' Rooftop Reading Series and Opium Magazine's Literary Death Match. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Presently, he is co-editing (with Shelly Taylor) Hick Poetics, an anthology of hayseeds and bucolic zeroes, which will appear through Lost Roads Press in 2014. Smith winters as Instructor of English at University of Alabama; Smithy summers as farmhand (Farmall tractor rider) on Hawks' Highland Farm.


Selected Poems

small fails #1

Abraham Smith


it's not that true that ears
are can openers and we cut
the world circle open
according to some universal
prescribed canal ideal
no you can train yourself to hear
the groat of envy fall
on seeming solar ash birds
see all birds are born to a striped logic
a string line of charts and charms
and they are what they are the one they are
by saying same span the span
that's their reach way
fire undresses the world
addresses the lie of the whole
and so if i
if i am thinking one thing
legs bent way we do down a hill
it is what bird is that and what
would i if ever i could cud one thing
if my me were in that one thing forever fadeless
call that what cheese you wish
it matters me a great deal
let this swiss door
sack glass let sound
lie i know no door

from only jesus could icefish in summer