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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
February 22

Poetry Reading: Max Garland

readings & workshops
February 23

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale & Roberto Harrison

readings & workshops
February 24

RESCHEDULED: Genre: Urban Arts No. 3 Release

readings & workshops
March 1

Wisconsin Reads The Round House

film & video
March 2

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 7

Poetry Reading: Kwabena Antoine Nixon

readings & workshops
March 8

Poetry Reading: Ed Block & Jenny Benjamin

readings & workshops
March 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Suman Chhabra

performances
March 15

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 17

Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jose-Luis Moctezuma & Jay Besemer

readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Lewis 

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

performances
April 19

Alash Ensemble

exhibitions
April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Layli Long Soldier

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

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

James Belflower

James Belflower is the author of The Posture of Contour: A Public Primer, forthcoming from Spring Gun Press in 2013; Commuter (Instance Press), which was voted 2009's "Best Book Length Long Poem/Sequence" by ColdFront magazine;Bird Leaves the Cornice, winner of the 2011 Spring Gun Press Chapbook Prize; and a collaborative echap, And Also a Fountain (NeOpepper Press). His poems, essays and reviews appear, or are forthcoming in: Aufgabe, Fence, New American Writing, 1913, Drunken Boat, Coldfront, EOAGH, Denver Quarterly, and Apostrophe Cast among others. He is pursuing a PhD in Contemporary Poetics at SUNY Albany and co-curates the Yes! Reading Series in Albany, NY.

Selected Poems

The Briefing


James Belflower

 

It won't be much different than we are accustomed to. If I can't boundary a

fief can it remain a fief, if I remain negligent throughout, can it remain a fief,

if I use language other than from stone tablets can it remain a fief, if I read it

as a drone throughout, though tenderly, can it remain a fief, if I remove that

language and compose it thin can it remain if or if we



precisely share what remains of it can if become it and therefore if...



"Or, today, sending the currents burning in an arc, a lyre strung in an

hermetic globe, we switch the deuce from off to on and sit about the table

talking."



It is said, an advent of spills
 

an arc, of occluded feuds...
 

misspoken circles in a primitive hunt...
 

some formulas for meticulous negligence...




from The Posture of Contour / A Public Primer