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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

exhibitions
December 15 - Jan 28

Text, Textile, Exile: Works by Maria Damon

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Archived readings & workshops
Dec 16 Wednesday, December 16
10:00am, $10 | FREE for those who pledge a reader for $35 or more

Join us to celebrate the publication of Michael Sikkema’s May Apple Deep (Trembling Pillow Press, 2015).

 

Michael Sikkema has worked in factories, YMCA camps, higher education and landscaping. He is the author of three books of poetry, most recently May Apple Deep from Trembling Pillow Press. He is also the author of several chapbooks and collaborative chapbooks, most recently Time Missing, an exploration of alien abduction narratives, pioneer captivity narratives, and narratives of other types of cultural oppression available from Grey Book Press. He enjoys correspondence at michael.sikkema@gmail.com.

 

Jen Tynes is the founding editor of Horse Less Press. She is the author of three full-length booksof poetry—Trick Rider (Trembling Pillow Press), Heron/Girlfriend (Coconut Books), and The End Of Rude Handles (Red Morning Press), and the author or co-author of eight chapbooks. Her fourth book of poetry, Hunter Monies, is forthcoming from Black Radish Books in early 2016. She teaches writing and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


 

I started disappearing when I was five

 

The doctors called them events

 

They were not

 

Nothing is not something

 

The hole in the wall = crickets/space




I don’t know the leap to other

 

My people said all the things

 

‘Looked everywhere’ ‘worried

 

sick’ they held me a little too hard

 

I found out they called it

 

splintering I mean my people

 

didn’t the strangers did




I don’t know what you know

 

The light is real not like TV

 

A door I guess but you don’t go

 

They come through I don’t mean

 

they have bodies

 

          —Michael Sikkema, from TIME MISSING

 

 

Those aren’t spring onions, I am 100

percent swamp

positive, the one old stalk

I found by itself

might be a little lighter than

when you wake up and purchase

your own. Sometimes I need a lot of people

 

telling me not to mow

the grass why is that? You know me

as the pollinator’s best friend; I’m the one

who told you

about the vibrator they use

on isolated flowers.

Sometimes it’s bougie to sit

up next to fruit trees & power

 

lines, thinking what sexy shit

I would say long distance:

what they call ramps have such wide

greens you can be arrested

for unearthing them in front

of strangers. Soft shell turtles are a thing

 

and they usually stay with me

in the water long after

the news comes back on.

 

          —Jen Tynes, from “Sexy Wife Shit”