• 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
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readings & workshops
July 6

Poetry Reading: Derrick Harriell

readings & workshops
July 11

Offsite Reading: Poetry In the Park

special events
July 11 -21

CLOSED for Inventory

Featured Upcoming Events

Poetry Reading: Derrick Harriell

Thursday, July 6
7:00pm, FREE

Join us as Derrick Harriell reads from his latest collection, Stripper in Wonderland (Louisiana State University Press, 2017).   Derrick Harriell was born and raised in Milwaukee, and completed a PhD in English at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He is the director of the Master of Fine Arts-Creative Writing Program and assistant professor of English and African-American Studies at the University of Mississippi. He’s the author of three collections of poetry: Cotton (Aquarius Press-Willow Books, 2010), Ropes, (Aquarius Press-Willow Books, 2013), and Stripper in…

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Offsite Reading: Poetry In the Park

Tuesday, July 11
6:30pm, FREE

Poetry in the Park is entering its third year and remains dedicated to bringing quality poetry for free to Juneau Park. This season features established poets from Milwaukee, Madison, and Chicago, alongside up-and-coming local poets. We will meet around the Solomon Juneau statue overlooking Lake Michigan. Please join us with your blankets, chairs, beverages, snacks, pets, and pals! Rain or shine. (Stay tuned for weather and location updates.) July's event will feature National Book Award winner, Daniel Borzutzky; Wisconsin Poet Laureate, Karla…

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CLOSED for Inventory

July 11 - July 21
11:00am

Woodland Pattern will be closed for two weeks during our annual store inventory.  Inventory runs Tuesday, July 11 through Friday, July 21. Woodland Pattern will reopen and resume normal store hours on Saturday, July 22. 

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Featured Upcoming Events


readings & workshops
Jul 6 Thursday, July 6
7:00pm, FREE
Poetry Reading: Derrick Harriell

Join us as Derrick Harriell reads from his latest collection, Stripper in Wonderland (Louisiana State University Press, 2017).   Derrick Harriell was born and raised…

Read More

readings & workshops
Jul 11 Tuesday, July 11
6:30pm, FREE
Offsite Reading: Poetry In the Park

Poetry in the Park is entering its third year and remains dedicated to bringing quality poetry for free to Juneau…

Read More

special events
Jul 11 July 11 - July 21
11:00am,
CLOSED for Inventory

Woodland Pattern will be closed for two weeks during our annual store inventory.  Inventory runs Tuesday, July 11 through Friday, July 21.…

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New Arrivals

Broadsides Manoominike-Giizis (Ricing Moon) Kimberly Blaeser
  "Stalking Gerard Manley Hopkins" Amy Evans
Small Press What We Do Now Dennis Johnson & Valerie Merians (editors)
  Journal of Ugly Sites & Other Journals Stacy Szymaszek
  The Transit of Venus Susan Firer
  The Service Porch Fred Moten


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The Transit of Venus by Susan Firer

Small Press

In Firer's poems, place, often the western shore of Lake Michigan, provides an imagistic and sonic landscape in which language explores the 'empire of skin' with its daily happinesses and sorrows, gifts and losses. Often blue light illuminates these poems and frequently the language of a Catholic childhood shows up. Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams's poems say 'Use everything,' and Firer does: receipts, anatomy, astronomy, clothes poles, paintings, checklists, quagga mussels, questions and grapefruit. Birds fly through these poems, insights too: 'For a minute / we are disguised / as human.' That quote concisely sums up Firer's main attentions: transience and time and with what and how we fill our brief time here on earth.

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