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  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
October 6 -28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 23

OFF-SITE: Creative Writers in Nonprofit Careers: Panel Discussion, Reading, and Reception

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

readings & workshops
November 3 -3

Writing is Freedom (a high wire adventure) with elena minor

readings & workshops
November 3

Poetry Reading: elena minor & Paul Martínez Pompa

special events
November 17

We Exist to Prove the Living Artist: 38th Anniversary Gala

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Paul Druecke

Paul Druecke's projects employ a range of approaches—literary, interventionist, photographic—that build upon and cross-reference one another. His work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial and has been exhibited throughout the United States and in Europe. A co-authored discussion of his work will be included in the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to Public Art. He's an invited 2014 Resident at the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin. Two books, Life and Death on the Bluffs (2014), and The Last Days of John Budgen Jr. (2010), have been published by Green Gallery Press.

Selected Poems

from Life and Death on the Bluffs


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We agreed there should be a chorus, but disagreed about its cadence, substance, the potential of collective voice. Reasonableness needed to be open to interpretation. I proposed the well-intentioned troupe morph into an unruly group of tricksters, situational absolutists, irreverent in their complexity. My chorus jangled. Like a riotous pack of drunkards, they shouted from the edge of the stage and insulted the myths of fate and justice.

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Traffic jams are community events of a sort, people sharing the same experience through the technology of the automobile. A technology at once utopian and alienating, numbing and visceral. Traffic flows smoothly past the burial mound, she watched the relentless stream of unfamiliar faces reminding her that everyone travels with their own importance.

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Everyone travels with their own knowing.

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