• 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 - 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

exhibitions
February 11 - Apr 5

Tarot: The (Re)Making of a Language

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

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer began writing as a teenager in Seattle, Washington. He was already at that age a veteran of the arts, having been a child actor, beginning at age nine, in TV ads and summer stock theater. His work with partner Jonathan Williams (1929 - 2008) on Jargon Books brought him interaction with some of the most visionary writers and artists of the 20th Century. Meyer is a poet whose books include At Dusk Iridescent (A Gathering of Poems, 1972-97) (Jargon Society, 2000),Monotypes & Tracings (Enitharmon Press, 1994),Coromandel (Skanky Possum Books, 2003), and a translation of the ancient Chinese classic Daode Jing(Flood Editions, 2006). Many of his poems and translations (including Beowulf, the I Ching, the libretto of an opera) remain unpublished. He lives in North Carolina, at the southernmost end of the Appalachians.
A poet deeply trained in Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, the Germanic languages, runes, roots, herbal lore, foods, wines, gardens, astrology western and Indian, alchemy, he is never pedantic, always deft, inhabiting the world of time as gracefully as that of space.
-Robert Kelly

 

Selected Poems

Nepenthe


Thomas Meyer

No doubt there were prophets in Pompeii who warned of the dangers of living under volcanoes, but it is doubtful whether even the pessimists among them actually expected the total and definitive obliteration of the city.
                                       — Eric Hobsbawn


My son eats his lunch. Takes a picture
and emails me it like the guy I had
sex with a couple weeks ago sent
a friend in the City live details of
our realizing each other.

Constance Garnett sits in her garden
and scribbles War & Peace into English.
I brought the Great Crystal. Who
can lift it much less look into it? I emptied
your ashes into the beck. The river. The sea.

Don't speak. The still point is lost to words. 
My head in your hands finds it in silence.


from kintsugi:

Japanese practice of repairing ceramics 
with gold laced lacquer to illuminate the breakage

 


Blue Memo



yellow yellow
river
for days the path could easily be found in sleep

the haze
a lake speaks
each moment a flower in an undiscovered field

somehow an afternoon god in shattered sunshine
whose handsome fate
from time to time I grow tired of

then too what I like or dislike
here we are and it is wet
abandoned

the path blocked
by scattered moonlight
trees prick the snow with shadow