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  • 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

Anne Shaw

Anne Shaw is the author of two poetry collections:Dido in Winter, (Persea, 2014), and Undertow(Persea, 2007), winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky Poetry Prize. Her poems and reviews have appeared in journals including Harvard Review, Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, The Kenyon Review, and New American Writing. She currently lives in Chicago, where she studies sculpture at the School of the Art Institute. Her work can be found online at www.anneshaw.org.

Selected Poems

Invitation

Anne Shaw

           Voices drift across the lawn
and form in the shape of clovers. A slight breeze
           bezels the fishpond, lens
                  of grainy light, black

           cord covered with electric tape. Kneel
on the concrete. Tile, sedge.

                                    Koi ghost out
                        to meet you, blunt-
                                           edged hunger curving
                                     blindly up.

Take this bract that rises and subsides.

                          Butterscotch or red and white,
                                                      their bodies slick
                                       as sorrow, lathered
                             with the cold, unseemly weed.

           Elsewhere, there's a party.
   Clink of glasses, square of kitchen light.

                         Elsewhere, a pair of pliers
             spreads
                           its implicate beak.
                                                          A hooded sweatshirt
                    gestures from the bottom of a lake.

Here, put these on. You're going to need
             the leather gloves I tossed off in the shed.

Speech is just an instrument to register
the night. I offer

                   you no hook, no tool,
                   nothing to make fast

no metal implement with which to cut or mend.