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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Jun 24

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
February 2 -23

Three Windows into Writing and Revising a Poem with Kathleen A. Dale

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
February 26

Poetry Reading: Jennifer Elise Foerster + Zoë Johnson

readings & workshops
February 26

Seeing in Invisibility: Poetry as revelation at UWM Libraries Special Collections

readings & workshops
February 27

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
February 29

Visionary Narratives: A Workshop in Drawing Inspiration with Laurence Ross.

exhibitions
February 29

Reception for Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

readings & workshops
March 1 -29

On the Front Lines, Behind the Lines: Writing Protest Poetry with Margaret Rozga.

film & video
March 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 12

Creative Confluence: Research for Hybrid Writing, a conversation with Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 12

Poetry Reading: Heid E. Erdrich

readings & workshops
March 14

Poetry & Pi(e) featuring Vida Cross + Chuck Stebelton

performances
March 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 20

Poetry Reading: Mark Bibbins + Elizabeth Hoover

readings & workshops
March 26

Poetry Reading: Eli Goldblatt + Charles Alexander

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Tara Betts + Jennifer Steele

Archived readings & workshops
Oct 18 Sunday, October 18
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

A reading in celebration of Lisa Fishman's 24 Pages and other poems (Wave Books, 2015), Patrick Morrissey's The Differences (Pressed Wafer, 2014), and David Wilk's visit as presenter at the 2015 Lorine Niedecker Wisconsin Poetry Festival

 

Lisa Fishman’s most recent book is 24 Pages and other poems (Wave Books, 2015). She is also the author of F L O W E R  C A R T; The Happiness Experiment; Dear, Read (all on Ahsahta Press) and others. She lives in Orfordville and Madison, Wisconsin and teaches at Columbia College Chicago. 

 

 

 

 

Patrick Morrissey is the author of Transparency (Cannibal, 2009) and The Differences (Pressed Wafer,2014). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New American Writing, The Cultural Society, The Nation, and other journals. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he now lives in Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

David Wilk has published and distributed poetry in print and digital formats since the 1970's. He was editor of the influential literary journal TRUCK and affiliated Truck Press, devoting an entire issue to Lorine Niedecker's work. He currently publishes pop culture startup Frederator Books and the independent Prospecta Press. His podcast at writerscast.com features hundreds of interviews with writers and publishers. 

 

 

 


 

SECOND SLEEP


 

Day breaks

with the garbage

 

truck’s beep

then dissolves

 

into fog, a

second sleep

 

cradled in diesel,

the hydraulics

 

churning at

some distance

 

a vague dream

turning over again

                

                    —Patrick Morrissey

 

September 20-21, 2013

 

It would be better if we were outside—Lisa, Tianna and Sam

on Friday afternoon on the second day of Fall, at 4:30

and all.

 

Whoever you are, what do you know?

 

Time flaws

and to me flew not one white goose

but upside down I saw it’s good

the undersides of maple leaves

the ragged edges’ dandelion leaves, surprised they’re there

this far past summer

 

Sam & Tianna have left the room; I too

 

It seems there’s a mouse in my sock

 

24 times

or 24 centers

in the Daoist body    what a coincidence

I read that yesterday

 

Brooke told me he’s fine now

No reason for him to tell me, but I’ll tell Charles anyway

in a dream last night

 

Think of the colors

there now in the canyon

and above it in the ridges

elegy is unintended

 

         —Lisa Fishman from 24 Pages and other poems (Wave Books, 2015)

 

 

Coyote’s Chili Dream

 

Coyote wakes up dreaming of food

It's time to go shopping — 

Puts on a parka.

Yes it's cold enough to wear.

Looks good too. 

He dances down the snowy streets 

Humming, thinking about food.

A nice chili, he thinks.

Meat and gravy, rich and warm.

A rabbit maybe.

He is so distracted by hunger dreams

He does not hear the wolf

following close behind him.

 

            —David Wilk