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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 Tardos

Anne Tardos is a poet, composer, and visual artist. She is the author of several books of poetry and the multimedia performance work and radio play Among Men. A selection of her readings and performances (many with Jackson Mac Low) can be heard on the University of Pennsylvania's website—PennSound—and on UbuWeb Sound. Her book of poetry, I Am You, has appeared from Salt Publishing, and she is the editor of Thing of Beauty, by Jackson Mac Low (University of California Press). Her new book, Both Poems, is forthcoming this year. Her poem "The Pure of Heart" has been set to music by composer Michael Byron. She is a 2009 Fellow in Poetry from the New York Foundation for the Arts. www.annetardos.com

Selected Poems

from NINE 1-63

Anne Tardos


First you practice nonviolence on yourself then on others.
All events that occur are caused by earlier events.
An idea for a form originates from another form.
You could say, "being alive means defending a form."
These phone calls are strong enthusiastic and uniquely restrictive.
Anguish chagrin discomfort despair grief depression guilt and remorse.
A group of gentle friends and their mixed emotions.
Is Nothing the inertia of Something, asks a friend.
I'm confessing that I love you, now, this minute.

The steady gaze of the elephant in the room.
Topsy turvy trust issues undermine questions of self love.
The perfect listener is both delightfully attentive and deferential.
Too much reticence can freeze your heart and mine.
You're my hippocampus, the sea-horse I can't live without.
It's either going to be tartar sauce or puttanesca.
Effervescent joviality can fade like decayed euphoria almost instantly.
Instant remembrances approach me like trees in the forest.
Inadmissible lines containing more or fewer words than nine.