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Event Calendar
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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

Diane Glancy

Diane Glancy, an author of Cherokee heritage and professor emeritus of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, writes from the viewpoint of a feminist, postcolonial, literary nationalist, Christian, and American. As she balances her own complex identity, she mirrors the diverse perspectives of 21st century citizens. She occupies multiple histories, but never forgets allegiance to truth. 

Glancy was the 2008-09 visiting Richard Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College. In 2009, she received an Expressive Arts Grant from the National Museum of the American Indian to write a play on the history of Native American education called The Catch. Among her awards are two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, a Minnesota Book Award, an Oklahoma Book Award, an American Book Award, and the 2011 Best Native American Film at the Trail Dance Independent Film Festival (Duncan, Oklahoma). A new collection of nonfiction, The Dream of a Broken Field, was published in 2011 by the University of Nebraska Press. Her latest collection of poems, Stories of the Driven World, was published in 2010 by Mammoth Press (Lawrence, Kansas). She currently lives in Shawnee Mission, Kansas.

Selected Poems

Horned Being


Diane Glancy

 

There are nights they come back as human
it's a transformation of sorts
they don't want to come
but something in them makes the change
the transference to other
to see what it would be to walk on nearly two legs
with antlers still on its head
buckskin on its bones
the world is always moving, the last field report said
he'd discover changing slots
whatever they are
it was the last we heard
but scribbled on the pages we received
one leg amputated from a trap
one hand forward, the other back
the four directions for a navel. 

 


Disparities of the Driven World

 


I tried to preserve [them] for the new
world but they were reluctant retreating
to their villages their blubber-oil lamps
their smudge on everything. I grew
weary depressed I could hardly lift my
head they lifted for me / poured
whatever it was they said into a cup /
those who didn't want me here / their
heads appeared in the ice-block igloo:
they could see a snout animal they said / a
few short tusks in its mouth / ears on its
nose / an animal covered with loops / its
head merely jaws / other restless spirits
Nalaqnaq and Kigutilik they drew for me
moving at a run / large bumps at the
joints / those apprehensions /
apparitions / and seeings not there / I lost
my verve my snap my progress [get this
snow out of my face] this thought grafted
onto what? I grew SPOOKED at the
ice ridges couldn't get my sled across
abrupt changes shifts in weather the cold
the cold the unrelenting handle on the
hard pump of darkness.