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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.
with the garbage
into fog, a
cradled in diesel,
a vague dream
turning over again
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
Whoever you are, what do you know?
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
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.