• 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

Murat Nemet-Nejat

Poet, translator and essayist, Murat Nemet-Nejat's recent works include the poem The Spiritual Life of Replicants (Talisman House 2011), the translation from Turkish of Seyhan Erözçelik's poem Rosestrikes and Coffee Grinds (Talisman House, 2010) and the memoir-essay "Istanbul Noir" in Istanbul: Metamorphoses In an Imperial City (Talisman House, 2011). He is also the editor and main translator of Eda: An Anthology of Contemporary Turkish Poetry (Talisman House, 2004) and the essay The Peripheral Space of Photography (Green Integers Press, 2004). He is presently working on part V of the seven-part serial poem, "The Structure of Escape," of which The Spiritual Life of Replicants constitutes part IV, and on the translation of a collection of poems by the Turkish poet Sami Baydar (1962-2012).

Selected Poems

To L.C.

The whole thing is about sex, and the body's relation
to consciousness. You stay to my left
and listen to breathing. As he breathes
and you breathe, and you imagine a bird is flying in the room
And you tremble in anxiety, and think that
At the center where you are, at the umbilical facade
Of this room, which at first seems a library—
or its stacks—a loveliness is breathing
and the bird flying in the room
is reading all these books
to our exquisite regret & love's appreciation.
In this mathematical motion of consciousness
the room echoes in its own sounds.




If the future exists
because it may cease to exist,
then death creates the idea of the future.

Is then the past only a memory chip,
disengaged from, at that moment in the future,
therefore we remember the past towards the moment of dying,
loosened chips from our decaying being,
floating to the sky

              in silent o o o's

like bubbles floating to the surface of water

 

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