• 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

Whit Griffin

Whit Griffin is the author of Pentateuch: The First Five Books (Skysill Press, 2010) and The Sixth Great Extinction (Skysill, 2012). Along with Andrew Hughes he edits Bright Pink Mosquito, and blogs on its behalf.

Selected Poems

By The Well Called Beautiful Dancing


Whit Griffin

 

Where it concentrates you get a rush.
The swarm becomes a landscape. As
a wall becomes a knot becomes a life
an explosion. Something more truthful
may lie elsewhere. The magic has fled
but the danger lingers. Surrender is not
an event, it's a state of being. A lot
happened to Plato before Plotinus arrived
on the scene. Lichen on a tree means
the air quality is good. Oscillation from
collaboration to domination. I'm open
to anything that works. I think I've got
an alligator skull in here. Bears are
glorified raccoons. High Islands sits on
a dome of salt. You cannot talk to crickets
about ice. Let your heart become an ear.
What you see is the entire leaf. When a leaf
falls it leaves a scar. We grow crocuses to
remember the old Minoan goddess. The
dear little things that leap forth. Like the
person who bears the winnowing shovel. The
static aspect. The atmosphere behaves like a fluid.