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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

George Albon

George Albon is the author of Empire Life (Littoral Books), Thousands Count Out Loud (lyric & press), Brief Capital of Disturbances (Omnidawn), and Step(The Post-Apollo Press). Chapbooks include King (Meow Press), Transit Rock(Duration Press), and Reading Pole(Seeing Eye Books). His work has appeared in Hambone, New American Writing, O Anthology 4, Avec Sampler 1, The New Review of Literature, and the anthologies The Gertrude Stein Awards in Innovative American Poetry,Bay Poetics, and Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard. His essay "The Paradise of Meaning" was the George Oppen Memorial Lecture for 2002. He lives and works in San Francisco.

"George Albon's Momentary Songs sound the possibilities of forwardness and hope in a surrounding twilight of unprecedented venality. Using a variety of registers—lyrical inquiry, Blakean exhortation, the satirical spiel of Morgenstern's Gallows Songs—they search for alternative states (public ones, affective ones) as well as offer a probe on what has come to pass."
- Rodney Koeneke

Selected Poems

from Momentary Songs


George Albon

 

First I was bruised
but that was just oaths.
Later I came down
in clean sports clothes.

Short sleeves, khakis,
mint-green convertible.
Watched numbers spin round
and him take the ball.

So much dead air
I want to claim
but objects are near,
no overtime.