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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

Donna Stonecipher

Donna Stonecipher is the author of three books of poetry: The Reservoir (Georgia, 2002), Souvenir de Constantinople (Instance, 2007), and The Cosmopolitan (winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by John Yau, Coffee House, 2008). She also translates poetry and prose from French and German.

"Donna Stonecipher's mesmerizing The Cosmopolitan (Coffee House Press, 2009) is a travelogue of consciousness, a diary of displacement whose writing self seems simultaneously nowhere and everywhere ('And isn't nowhere, after all, also an elsewhere?'). As the voice's location shifts from metropolis to metropolis, from country to country, never settling in one place long enough to be identified with it, it becomes intertwined with the voices of other writers in a dazzling fugue that draws the reader irresistibly in."
- John Koethe

Selected Poems

from Inlay 8 (Claude Lvi-Strauss)


Donna Stonecipher

 

1.
He was born in Kaya, Burkina Faso, but now he's living abroad. She was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but now she's living abroad. She was born in Seoul, South Korea, but now she's living abroad. He was born in Vancouver, Washington, but now he's living abroad. 

2.
And if she ran the city through a sieve, as she sometimes imagined doing, would she be left with only the natives, pedigreed and pure? Everybody, eventually, goes down the Philosophenweg, gaping at hieroglyphic heirloom roses and beetles with supersvelte legs. 

3.
He's like me, he said. He has an inner map of hotels all over Europe. And it was true: if we met a man from Cologne, he'd get a faraway look in his eyes and eventually work the conversation around to say, ". . . and tell me, do you know the marvelous Hotel Dom?" 

4.
As for me, I would choose to infiltrate foreign territories via the spice route rather than the silk route. Nutmeg, mint, cinnamon, aniseed, turmeric, cardamom, the hotel, the parliament. I sat in the reproduction Victoria thinking about the myth of the bequeathal of the family house. 

"I hate traveling and explorers"

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