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Event Calendar
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special events
April 21

Join us for the 13th annual RIVERWEST FOLLIES variety show

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

Lisa Fishman

Lisa Fishman grew up in Pontiac, Michigan. She earned a BA at Michigan State University, where she studied with Diane Wakoski; an MFA at Western Michigan University, where she studied with William Olsen; and a PhD in literature at the University of Utah, with a dissertation on Percy Bysshe Shelley's poetics. 

Fishman and her husband, along with poet Richard Meier, run a 12-acre "Poetry Farm" in southern Wisconsin, offering summer internships for poets that exchange accommodations for farm labor. Fishman has taught at Beloit College and Columbia College Chicago.

Selected Poems

three poems


Lisa Fishman

 

Magnolia up the road is "unincorporated"
over the cemetery, County Road A
Where are the bees
By the hives and the herb
spiral, rock spiral—hidden

Blackcaps and sumac take over

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We begin to hoard time in the mornings, my sister and I
the hottest July
"moderate drought" changed to "extreme drought"
We bought a machine to replace the scythe
We look for cleats to stick to the earth
Must press furiously
blade into spurge

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Iridescent Sea Holly growing on the bridge
attracts iridescent wasps, the woman with a belt of trowels said
Ghost-blue ghost silver-gray

The yellow house was in the river, reflected intact

& tasselated corn

There is seeing for as if another
"or of a night language"
set out