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Event Calendar
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performances
April 19

Alash Ensemble

special events
April 21

Join us for the 13th annual RIVERWEST FOLLIES variety show

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

exhibitions
April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Thomas Meyer

Thomas Meyer began writing as a teenager in Seattle, Washington. He was already at that age a veteran of the arts, having been a child actor, beginning at age nine, in TV ads and summer stock theater. His work with partner Jonathan Williams (1929 - 2008) on Jargon Books brought him interaction with some of the most visionary writers and artists of the 20th Century. Meyer is a poet whose books include At Dusk Iridescent (A Gathering of Poems, 1972-97) (Jargon Society, 2000),Monotypes & Tracings (Enitharmon Press, 1994),Coromandel (Skanky Possum Books, 2003), and a translation of the ancient Chinese classic Daode Jing(Flood Editions, 2006). Many of his poems and translations (including Beowulf, the I Ching, the libretto of an opera) remain unpublished. He lives in North Carolina, at the southernmost end of the Appalachians.
A poet deeply trained in Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, the Germanic languages, runes, roots, herbal lore, foods, wines, gardens, astrology western and Indian, alchemy, he is never pedantic, always deft, inhabiting the world of time as gracefully as that of space.
-Robert Kelly

 

Selected Poems

Nepenthe


Thomas Meyer

No doubt there were prophets in Pompeii who warned of the dangers of living under volcanoes, but it is doubtful whether even the pessimists among them actually expected the total and definitive obliteration of the city.
                                       — Eric Hobsbawn


My son eats his lunch. Takes a picture
and emails me it like the guy I had
sex with a couple weeks ago sent
a friend in the City live details of
our realizing each other.

Constance Garnett sits in her garden
and scribbles War & Peace into English.
I brought the Great Crystal. Who
can lift it much less look into it? I emptied
your ashes into the beck. The river. The sea.

Don't speak. The still point is lost to words. 
My head in your hands finds it in silence.


from kintsugi:

Japanese practice of repairing ceramics 
with gold laced lacquer to illuminate the breakage

 


Blue Memo



yellow yellow
river
for days the path could easily be found in sleep

the haze
a lake speaks
each moment a flower in an undiscovered field

somehow an afternoon god in shattered sunshine
whose handsome fate
from time to time I grow tired of

then too what I like or dislike
here we are and it is wet
abandoned

the path blocked
by scattered moonlight
trees prick the snow with shadow