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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

Abraham Smith

Abraham Smith hails from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. His poetry collections—via Action Books—are Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer(forthcoming, 2014);Hank (2010); and Whim Man Mammon (2007). His reading highlights include stints at the Academy of American Poets' Rooftop Reading Series and Opium Magazine's Literary Death Match. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Presently, he is co-editing (with Shelly Taylor) Hick Poetics, an anthology of hayseeds and bucolic zeroes, which will appear through Lost Roads Press in 2014. Smith winters as Instructor of English at University of Alabama; Smithy summers as farmhand (Farmall tractor rider) on Hawks' Highland Farm.

 

Selected Poems

small fails #1


Abraham Smith

 

it's not that true that ears
are can openers and we cut
the world circle open
according to some universal
prescribed canal ideal
no you can train yourself to hear
the groat of envy fall
on seeming solar ash birds
see all birds are born to a striped logic
a string line of charts and charms
and they are what they are the one they are
by saying same span the span
that's their reach way
fire undresses the world
addresses the lie of the whole
and so if i
if i am thinking one thing
legs bent way we do down a hill
it is what bird is that and what
would i if ever i could cud one thing
if my me were in that one thing forever fadeless
call that what cheese you wish
it matters me a great deal
let this swiss door
sack glass let sound
lie i know no door


from only jesus could icefish in summer