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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 10

Virtual Poetry Reading: Marilyn Chin

film & video
April 17

Virtual Film Screening: The Collection

readings & workshops
April 19 - May 10

Intergenerational Self-Collaboration: A Multi-Arts Workshop with Paul McComas

readings & workshops
April 24

Virtual Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell + Jennifer Nelson + Ae Hee Lee

film & video
April 25

Virtual Film Screening: Immortal Cupboard: In Search of Lorine Niedecker 

readings & workshops
April 29

Virtual Poetry Reading: Raquel Salas Rivera + Lara Mimosa Montes

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.