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  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
readings & workshops
April 6 - Jun 27

Book Club: Readshops led by Karl Gartung

readings & workshops
July 3 - Dec 30

Dhamma MKE

readings & workshops
October 22 - Dec 31

Welcome Home!: A Veterans Writing Group

December 8 - Jan 25

To Sight's Limit

December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1


special events
January 25 -26

26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Small Press


Paperback. Nightboat Books (2015).


“Melissa Buzzeo delivers language from its hidden sources and outer fringes with extraordinary poignancy and precision.” —Avital Ronell

An arresting lyric exploration of the performance of love in language

The Devastation, a performance novel or poem, is based on the fallibility of a single image: a sea-wreck in language, the lovers on the floor of the sea, a sea of poetry, current, currency, connection—the world. How do we value “impoverished speech” or try to find abundance in impoverishment?  A narrative that stems from “an image that is never exhausted” whose affect pervades the function of the whole, The Devastation is a lyric exploration of relation and community.

Read an Excerpt on Trickhouse

About the Author

Melissa Buzzeo is the author of three previous full-length books: What Began Us (2007), Face (2009), and For Want and Sound (2012). She has taught at Brown University, the University of Iowa, and Naropa University, and currently teaches at Pratt Institute. Currently she is working on a specific kind of memoir simply called Writing. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.