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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

Donald Wellman

Donald Wellman lives in Weare NH. His books of poetry include The Cranberry Island Series (Dos Madres 2012), A North Atlantic Wall (Dos Madres, 2010), Prolog Pages (Ahadada, 2009), and Fields (Light and Dust, 1995). He edited O.ARS, a series of anthologies, including Coherence, Perception, and Translations: Experiments in Reading. His books of poetry in translation include Enclosed Garden, Emilio Prados (Lavender Ink / Diálogos 2013) and two books by Antonio Gamoneda, Gravestones (University of New Orleans Press 2009) and Description of the Lie (Talisman House 2013). He also contributed to The Alteration of Silences: Recent Chilean Poetry. He translates from German, French and Spanish.

Selected Poems

Possibilities

It alters timbre and signature.

I asked a friend about musical architecture,
the sounds that articulate spatial presence.
I asked about dance
and how it might be coded.
Sketches of Balinese legong:
rigid spines and fluid hand signs.

Gray gooseberries grow on that shore
There are two sopranos
who play the role of Christ
as they climb the night sky.