• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 6 - Sep 28

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Sep 25

Dhamma MKE

exhibitions
August 1 - Sep 26

The Point Being: Works by Thomas Gaudynski

special events
September 21

¡Palante!: A Celebration of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture

readings & workshops
September 22 - Oct 13

Friction in Fiction: Developing Characters and Conflict

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Jake Skeets & Manny Loley

readings & workshops
September 26

Poem as Field – Understanding Energy in Poetry a craft talk with Jake Skeets

readings & workshops
October 2

Poetry Reading: Alan Bernheimer & Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
October 16

Poetry Reading: Timothy Donnelly & Bethany Price

performances
October 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 19

Language as a Playground

readings & workshops
October 20

Reading: Peter Markus

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

readings & workshops
October 23

Reading and Book Launch: Kathie Giorgio

readings & workshops
October 24

Urban Echo Poets

readings & workshops
October 27

Submitathon

readings & workshops
November 1

Reading and Screening: Trisha Low, Stephanie Young, and Zachary Epcar

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

special events
November 16

39th Anniversary Gala

Alan Halsey

Alan Halsey was born in London in 1949. His books include Marginalien (Five Seasons 2005),Not Everything Remotely: Selected Poems 1978-2005 (Salt Publishing 2006), Lives of the Poets(Five Seasons 2009) and Term as in Aftermath(Ahadada 2009). His reading of The Text of Shelley's Death has recently been issued on CD by Optic Nerve and his collaboration with Steve McCaffery Paradigm of the Tinctures is now available as an Argotist ebook. He ran The Poetry Bookshop in Hay-on-Wye 1979-1995 and is the editor of West House Books.

Selected Poems

Ars Poetica for 'Gutenberg: The Movie'


Alan Halsey

 

Finding chocolate by echolocation
a pipistrelle would call mere trompe-l'oreille.
'I always knew Roman spelt trouble'
remarks Ahab in rehab while proving
that his prophecies for 1999 were really
only grasping the wrong end of a compositor's stick.
'Why the always wanting to finish any writing
and so end the pleasure?' Why 'always'?
Why 'any'? It takes so much distemper
to measure the ado. Query
whether goblin or globin where the quarry
is genetic or a twelve-mile tailback on a major route
across the wordland, a zodiac to you
if not zebra misbehaving in the misbegot gazebo.
'Change of mind could be costly for Halsey.'
'Presence' with the usual erratum in this
case gone missing but to an X-ray I
presumed however reprehensible apparent
and loosely translated 'Presentation'.