• 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

Scott Inguito

Scott Inguito is a graduate of The Iowa Writers Workshop. His chapbook, Dear Jack, is out from Momotombo Press, and his latest chapbook, The Vernacular Sounds of Dog Noise, a collection of woofs, barks and yelps written in Mexico in January 2008, is something he is working on. His poems have appeared in Shampoo, Fence, and 1913: a journal of forms. His collage-play, Trying to Create Intimacy with a Narcissist was performed at California College of Art, San Francisco, for Small Press Traffic, in December 2008. Scott lives in San Francisco. His paintings and pictures from his play can be seen at scottinguito.com.

Selected Poems

from Where The Desire Goes


Scott Inguito

 

You launch out most days
already drowning, a hand
from the past over your mouth
or maybe it's your own. And

your choice of materials: baitless
senses, thought once thought novel
now a long list of disabuses.
Now camping's cool. It always was, in

in the meantime, which is now averaged time,
regulating the weed takes all day. No
longer embittered against any simple
good offered, shit is kind of funny.
And sex without love isn't. Frugal

apprehensions go slack, wrinkles in
all directions. Bored faces creased
sharp for show on the street for strangers
numb out to outrage radio, the fog and fluff
of spit, open-mouthed breathing. Ring out
your plosive screen once in a while. Yeats

was sort of right: the shopping center did
not hold. At the fairgrounds in summer the
4-H raised hogs smirk: 'It's happening in Soledad.'
State-farmed prisoners pork union pensions, line
somebody's bacon. I see you holding that head, farmer.
I see you cutting that lettuce farm-laborer. The

radio dribbling outrage, looking for the bad guys.
J.P. Morgan? Sure. A little humiliation doesn't
go as long a way as it used to, if it ever did,
depends on the family of man you're from.
How's it taste? Swallow the amuse-bouche of
punishment, the punished playing slapdick
and watching isn't even fun anymore
much less tugging at your own junk. Gossip's

lost its salt, just suet
and flies, elk jerky sucked on.