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April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Jun 30

Dhamma MKE

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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

performances
February 20

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

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
Mar 5 Saturday, March 5
7:00pm, $Give What You Can

 

Avol's Bookstore & Woodland Pattern Book Center present poet, performance writer & literary theorist Bruce Andrews, reading with Milwaukee poet Paul Vogel

 

Bruce Andrews is (since 1975) a New York City-based poet, performance writer, literary theorist & recently retired left-wing political science professor. As Musical Director for Sally Silvers & Dancers, he has created sound designs & live mixes of music & text for over two decades of performances. Most recent of a dozen or so big books is You Can’t Have Everything... Where Would You Put It! (from Veer Books in London). An expanded web archive of his work & commentary on it is available here

 


 

Milwaukee poet Paul Vogel received his MA from UW-Milwaukee and teaches English at Waukesha County Technical College and Concordia University Wisconsin. His latest chapbook, Invisible Cities, was published in 2015 by Adjunct Press.

 

 

 


thinking thinking   

 

Touch Screen to Begin

 

geek slo-mo

 

continuity comes later

 

hodgepodge

 

enucleate

 

lickety-split

 

skullfuck

 

caught with more meat in your mouth

 

gisto facto

 

zigzag

 

fake arms

 

 

 

thinking loving    

 

at home he’s a condom

 

put some slink in it

 

blurt past

 

wearing a little furry mask

 

or exactly what you do or exactly what happens

 

so we’re on a first name basis

 

meaning is just nostalgia now

 

double-dutch

 

actin’ like

 

that’s weird, I said

 

 

 

 

thinking protest    

 

say ‘Speak to an Agent’

 

gears gears up

 

all too eagle

 

I will step on your face

 

function fucks form

 

cross-dressing neutrinos

 

oh I can’t deal with this shit

 

icing on the cake

 

objects need adventure too

 

investigationalizing

 

tomorrowland

 

which you totally nailed

 

well, run the experiment again

 

Icouldnothavesaidarandomstringofwordsbetter

 

get to your space station

 

if I get through a few sentences a day...

 

 

          -Bruce Andrews, from ROCK 'N' RULE


 

From there, after six days and seven nights, you arrive at        , where merchants trade in the usual: slaves, heroin, biotech, body enhancement prosthetics, shoe dipping, transparent clothing, and light weaponry.

 

Due to the economic modernization, people are separated from longstanding local identities. The Internet has filled this gap, providing a basis for identity and commitment.

 

A Synthetic telepathy interface brain–machine connects a vast construct of artificially linked blobjects who live in a constant state of systemic lethargy and demotivation.

 

Hyperstructure "hives" are the main system of housing large populations. The majority of the population, however, live in the glop outside of the enclaves within an environment that has been largely destroyed by chemicals, mining and monoculture.

 

Peace is assured by administration of an injected drug designed to suppress emotions. Automatons hunt the shadows.

 

Aboriginal test subjects trade data discs for vaccines.

 

Abandoned children sniff glue to stave off hunger while passersby grasp at gadgets and gaze at screens.

 

 

          -Paul Vogel, from Invisible Cities