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Event Calendar
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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

readings & workshops
November 10 - Dec 8

Shifty Subjects and Unexpected Endings

exhibitions
December 8 - Jan 25

To Sight's Limit

readings & workshops
December 12

Poetry Reading: Eric Baus & Siwar Masannat

readings & workshops
December 13

Reading: Milwaukee Queer Writing Project

special events
December 15 -15

Woodland Pattern's Annual Open House

performances
December 19

Formations Series for New and Improvised Music

December 23 - Jan 1

CLOSED

special events
January 25 -26

26th Annual Poetry Marathon and Benefit

Small Press

A Poetry Chapbook.
Finishing Line Press, 2015.
$14.49

 

Reverie

The stars—
the very same ones
beheld by
my wide-eyed ancestors in the early 1800s—
now shine on me, brightly as they did then
in the Midwestern north country where
those spirited relatives built sod-houses on their tracts of land
with rough hands and sheer
determination, not too far from where I,
some time and distance apart,
sit watching Shakespeare
under that same canopy of stars,
a smile of wonder on my face while caught up in
A Midsummer Night’s Dream,
the cicada serenade,
the late summer cool caress of night air—

a communion with an apartness
not really understood there …

          —Stephen Anderson

 


About the Author

Stephen Anderson is a prize-winning Milwaukee poet whose work has appeared in numerous print and online journals. Many of Anderson’s poems have been featured on the Milwaukee NPR-affiliate WUWM Lake Effect Program. He is the author of Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015) Montezuma Resurrected And Other Poems (2001) and The Silent Tango of Dreams (2006 chapbook). Several of his poems appeared in the poetry collection, Portals And Piers (2012). In the summer of 2013, six of his poems formed the text for a chamber music composition entitled, The Privileged Secrets of the Arch, performed by some musicians, including two members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer.