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Event Calendar
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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

Julie Strand

Julie Strand is the Education Coordinator at Woodland Pattern Book Center. Her poetry has appeared in Wicked Alice, Arsenic Lobster, WOMB Poetry, Rock Heals (A Narrow House Weekly) and others. In 2008, her poem "Neon Yellow" was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her second chapbook, The Mae West Defense, is forthcoming in 2009 from Dancing Girl Press.

Selected Poems

the touching between us


Julie Strand

 

shiny boots shine
into mine water
shiny boots oh boo
for you who walk
and not gurgle not flow
not carry for you
stand on land
you cover and cradle
are fashion and well you shine
walk over here to me
to water walk on me
for my world is wet and yours sturdy
don't make me love you
shine as only one as one
shine shine as a slide in the park
the wind will connect us enough
a window along this bank that peaks us
our moment

okay
let's have more, step in, and color me shiny