• 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

Rebecca Dunham

Rebecca Dunham is the author of three collections of poetry, Glass Armonica, The Flight Cage, and The Miniature Room. She has received an NEA fellowship and was a Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellow with the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, FIELD, Colorado Review, AGNI, and others. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Selected Poems

Rebecca

after the novel by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca Dunham

Counter the clock: let its hands whir hot as a circular saw. The dead do return

to stalk their familiar halls—scent of crushed azalea, lipsticked cloth fished

from a mackintosh pocket. Fast and blue, I pour cyclonic, the kind of

knowledge a husband would keep for himself: pleasures of the flesh, peat-

smoked whiskey's steady burn, and the certainty one will win in the end. It is

worth it—bullet to the heart, spike-drilled hull, the sea cocks left open and

rushing. Remember: Rebecca did this, as I am doing, and put the lily to the

vase's open mouth, not the first to do it.