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  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
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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

Joshua Clover

Joshua Clover is a poet, scholar, and a Professor at University of California Davis. With Juliana Spahr, he is an organizer of the Durruti Free School for Social Poetics. He is a regular contributor to The Nation and Los Angeles Review of Books, and a former senior writer for Spin and the Village Voice; most of his recent work concerns radical politics and economic crisis. Clover is the author of two books of criticism,1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About (University of California Press, 2009) and The Matrix (British Film Institute, 2005) and two books of poems, The Totality for Kids(University of California Press, 2006), and Madonna anno domini (Louisiana State University Press, 1997), which received 1996 Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies, College of Letters and Science, with support from the Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
 

Selected Poems

My Life in the New Millennium


Joshua Clover

 

It was true that the more I hated people the more I loved cats.
Then people started to surprise me.
Often this involved fire or coca-cola
bottles with petrol which amounts to the same thing.
Once fire is the form of the spectacle the problem
becomes how to set fire to fire.
Some friends were prepared to help with this which
Michael Jackson having died and then Whitney Houston
was the new pop music. Without an understanding
of the world system and the underlying truth of land
as the place of politics and the sea as the space of commerce
it is hard to integrate that other
most important fact of our era. Pirates. My friends
and pirates and cats - it comes down
to comrades known and elsewhere.