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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
November 28 - Jan 31

Vanessa German: Defiant Show of Unity

performances
December 20

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
December 22

Community Reading: Midwinter Day

readings & workshops
January 6

Workshop: Verbs as Images/Images as Verbs

special events
January 26 -27

25th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Lisa Fishman

Lisa Fishman grew up in Pontiac, Michigan. She earned a BA at Michigan State University, where she studied with Diane Wakoski; an MFA at Western Michigan University, where she studied with William Olsen; and a PhD in literature at the University of Utah, with a dissertation on Percy Bysshe Shelley's poetics. 

Fishman and her husband, along with poet Richard Meier, run a 12-acre "Poetry Farm" in southern Wisconsin, offering summer internships for poets that exchange accommodations for farm labor. Fishman has taught at Beloit College and Columbia College Chicago.

Selected Poems

three poems


Lisa Fishman

 

Magnolia up the road is "unincorporated"
over the cemetery, County Road A
Where are the bees
By the hives and the herb
spiral, rock spiral—hidden

Blackcaps and sumac take over

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We begin to hoard time in the mornings, my sister and I
the hottest July
"moderate drought" changed to "extreme drought"
We bought a machine to replace the scythe
We look for cleats to stick to the earth
Must press furiously
blade into spurge

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Iridescent Sea Holly growing on the bridge
attracts iridescent wasps, the woman with a belt of trowels said
Ghost-blue ghost silver-gray

The yellow house was in the river, reflected intact

& tasselated corn

There is seeing for as if another
"or of a night language"
set out