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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

James Belflower

James Belflower is the author of The Posture of Contour: A Public Primer, forthcoming from Spring Gun Press in 2013; Commuter (Instance Press), which was voted 2009's "Best Book Length Long Poem/Sequence" by ColdFront magazine;Bird Leaves the Cornice, winner of the 2011 Spring Gun Press Chapbook Prize; and a collaborative echap, And Also a Fountain (NeOpepper Press). His poems, essays and reviews appear, or are forthcoming in: Aufgabe, Fence, New American Writing, 1913, Drunken Boat, Coldfront, EOAGH, Denver Quarterly, and Apostrophe Cast among others. He is pursuing a PhD in Contemporary Poetics at SUNY Albany and co-curates the Yes! Reading Series in Albany, NY.

Selected Poems

The Briefing


James Belflower

 

It won't be much different than we are accustomed to. If I can't boundary a

fief can it remain a fief, if I remain negligent throughout, can it remain a fief,

if I use language other than from stone tablets can it remain a fief, if I read it

as a drone throughout, though tenderly, can it remain a fief, if I remove that

language and compose it thin can it remain if or if we



precisely share what remains of it can if become it and therefore if...



"Or, today, sending the currents burning in an arc, a lyre strung in an

hermetic globe, we switch the deuce from off to on and sit about the table

talking."



It is said, an advent of spills
 

an arc, of occluded feuds...
 

misspoken circles in a primitive hunt...
 

some formulas for meticulous negligence...




from The Posture of Contour / A Public Primer