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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
November 21

Offsite Talk: Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image 

readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Michael Robins

Michael Robins is the author of The Next Settlement (UNT Press, 2007), which received the Vassar Miller Prize. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Handsome, Ploughshares, and Leopard Print: Twelve Writers Change Their Spots, a mini-anthology of heteronymic writing. He was born in Portland, Oregon, and lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago.

Selected Poems

Personations of Mother Goose


Michael Robins

 

What light in the sky to leave, what flags
through town, their white Q's. How I was

as I had been has nothing against captains,
with distance between an awkward door

& fence, in what appear to be the stars
in a month in this string of deadly months.

My movement upends, my gestures vanish.
This happens again & again like lightning

to rod. Like difficult to stand if standing
is stance, the wedge between citizen & me.

Where Q gets buried I found the string
& pulled. Doing so, could not stop pulling.