• 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

K. Silem Mohammad

K. Silem Mohammad is the author of Deer Head Nation(Tougher Disguises, 2003), A Thousand Devils (Combo Books, 2004), Breathalyzer (Edge Books, 2008), and The Front (forthcoming from Roof Books, 2009). He is currently working on a project entitled The Sonnagrams—anagrams of all 154 of Shakespeare's Sonnets. He edits the poetry magazine Abraham Lincoln with Anne Boyer, and he teaches at Southern Oregon University.

Selected Poems

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K. Silem Mohammad

 

My healthy feelings have the cutest pants,
From hotsy Maoist ass to slutty heel:
Moneyless value activates romance
In all the vexed emotion they reveal.

Although they'll fade in time, they haven't yet,
Unmoved by Hayakawa or vermouth,
And unaware how deeply they'll regret
The sensual French toilet seat of truth.

Omnipotent canonical design
Has stolen Lenin's tonsils like a thief:
This shows us Vedic law is doing fine,
But where's the frontier justice? Where's the beef?

Where is the glove the foe would see as white?
Where is the bloody sonnet in this shite?


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[from Sonnet 148 ("O me, what eyes hath love put in my head")] 
 


The Twenty-Weld HDTV Sonnet



K. Silem Mohammad Behold how snotty footmen don't allow
Untutored youth the trivium to mar;
How vitamin deficiency is now
All white-hot, minty-fresh, and rated R.

How blatantly unhappy has become
The overflowing, stuffy dorm of death,
Which heightens ethnohistory for some;
For others, only hikes the price of meth.

Monotonous mimesis holds us mute;
Tamale mongers oft fly half awake;
Sophisticated kittenhood is cute;
Non-Bolshevistic manatees are fake.

Hop in and pet the newly-painted pony,
And tape a tinny tweeter to the Sony. 

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[Sonnet 149 ("Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not")]