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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
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

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