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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

film & video
November 2

Screening: aCinema presents // Retour //

readings & workshops
November 3 -3

Writing is Freedom (a high wire adventure) with elena minor

readings & workshops
November 3

Poetry Reading: elena minor & Paul Martínez Pompa

readings & workshops
November 6

Poetry Reading: Michael Dowdy

readings & workshops
November 6

Offsite Talk: Michael Dowdy @ UW-Milwaukee

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

performances
November 18

Concert: Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge #15

performances
November 22

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
November 27

Reading: Theodore Van Alst Jr.

readings & workshops
November 28

Poetry Reading: Krystal Languell & Dominique Salas

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

performances
December 20

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

Daniel Khalastchi

Born and raised in Iowa, Daniel Khalastchi is a first-generation Iraqi Jewish American. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recent fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, he is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University. His first collection of poetry, Manoleria (2011), was awarded the Tupelo Press/Crazyhorse First Book Prize, and his poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Kenyon Review, jubilat, and Denver Quarterly. He lives in Milwaukee where he is also the co-editor of Rescue Press.

Selected Poems

Like Bricks, 
Like Bricks:



Daniel Khalastchi

 

On  a  lighthouse ledge I stand
holding    a   boulder.   Hugged
by a fishing net,  the drag end
of the line is threaded through
a  hole   pricked  wide   in  my
tongue.    Last   week,    they
planted  a  cherry  tree  in my
abdomen.  It's  watered when
I   sleep,   and   opening   my
mouth I feel its dry  branches
stretch  the   length   of   my
larynx.  A  pile  of  woodchips
helps  to   cover   the   roots
growing  down   through   my
arches.  From  the  tower,  a
lamp  and   mirror  spit-bright
the water  every  full  eleven
seconds.    I fear if I breathe
the          stitching         will
loosen.     When   I   let   go
the   rock   I   move  nothing
my  body.