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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
November 19

Poetry Reading: Santee Frazier & Franklin K.R. Cline

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

Rebecca Dunham

Rebecca Dunham is the author of three collections of poetry, Glass Armonica, The Flight Cage, and The Miniature Room. She has received an NEA fellowship and was a Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellow with the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. Her poems have appeared in The Southern Review, Kenyon Review, FIELD, Colorado Review, AGNI, and others. She is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Selected Poems

Rebecca

after the novel by Daphne du Maurier

Rebecca Dunham

Counter the clock: let its hands whir hot as a circular saw. The dead do return

to stalk their familiar halls—scent of crushed azalea, lipsticked cloth fished

from a mackintosh pocket. Fast and blue, I pour cyclonic, the kind of

knowledge a husband would keep for himself: pleasures of the flesh, peat-

smoked whiskey's steady burn, and the certainty one will win in the end. It is

worth it—bullet to the heart, spike-drilled hull, the sea cocks left open and

rushing. Remember: Rebecca did this, as I am doing, and put the lily to the

vase's open mouth, not the first to do it.