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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

Rod Smith

Rod Smith is the author of Deed(University of Iowa Press, 2007) and nine other books of poems, including Music or Honesty, Poèmes de l'Araignées, and In Memory of My Theories. He has taught creative writing at George Mason University, and was a visiting writer at the Iowa Writers' Workshop in the Spring of 2010. He currently teaches at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. He edits the journalAerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages the independent Bridge Street Books in Washington, D.C. Smith is also editing, with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris, The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley.

Selected Poems

from Deed


Rod Smith

 

the egret says
the house, it is something to eat or sunlight, the egret
thinks, the house, it wills, is a subcanvas I can scribble, the egret moves
or is awake, loving the familiar solution of loving, this explains
        the egret to the egret in the house
to the house & sunlight, we become intelligible because the egret
        says elliptical,
in beckettland or geography, in small mammals & planets
no egret never not says elliptical, no elliptical egret mechanism
        well under a love, today, or today,
        does not increase elliptical, covered stand of egret then,
the sunflower freezing in the egret's reason
        is spilling nutria, is an idea
&
affiliative, monthly, in egret pajamas, lolling, to
merge with the sunflower, frozen in not freezing, but flashing.