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  • 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

Gillian Conoley

Gillian Conoley's new book is Peace, just out with Omnidawn. She is author of seven collections of poetry, and has received the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from The American Poetry Review, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and a Fund for Poetry Award. Her poems have been anthologized widely, most recently in W.W. Norton's Postmodern American Poetry, Norton's American Hybrid, and Best American Poetry. Conoley's translations of Henri Michaux, Thousand Times Broken: Three Books by Henri Michaux, appears with City Lights in September 2014. Editor of Volt, she teaches at Sonoma State University.

Selected Poems

Peace Poems

         It fell

               of noon

                       weather-like

as in

               a poem the

sudden action of a single word

               you know

                   people,

 

                       once you tell them something

                              they start talking

 

smells of sweat deep
in sport-full fields
eyes opened and were thrilled or soothed and sustained
we had won
cars passed along streets in bright difference or decay

 

in argument context shivers the trigger words
before munitions, oil extracted from the cotton
makes the town smell sweet
no corpus, only body's eidolon
marijuana scented hush of the glove compartment
in your device, a person spies the bridge in flames then flees
so old school, the photo in its bath