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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

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Allison Adelle Hedge Coke is of Oendat, French Canadian, Portuguese, Tsalagi, Irish, Scot, English, Metis, and Creek descent and came of age cropping tobacco and working fields & waters, and in factories. She currently holds the Reynolds Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska and formerly held a National Endowment for the Humanities Chair at Hartwick College. Her five authored books include Dog Road Woman (American Book Award), Off-Season City Pipe and Blood Run(which both won her a Wordcraft Writer of the Year award), and Rock Ghost, Willow, Deer, an AIROS Book-of-the-Month memoir. Her fiction can be found in American Fiction, Black Renaissance Noire, Florida Review, and Bombay Gin. Her play, Icicles, was a National Repertory Theater National Play Award First Finalist. Hedge Coke has edited eight additional collections. Hedge Coke is a 2011 Lannan Foundation Marfa Writing Resident, Weymouth Center Fellow, and UNL Great Plains Center Fellow, directs the Literary Sandhill Cranefest and Reynolds Series, and is senior editor of Platte Valley Review.

Selected Poems

Skeleton


Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

 

Just yesterday some of us returned home.
Away from archeological scholar filings,
home where we should have always lain.
Just yesterday before, we were still live.

In the time passed while life developed
our framework, fully cultivated casing,
while structure of our statures discerned

we were perceived as one with The People,
now possess mere remnants of all we were,
souls passed, relative to all surround.

We still stand the test, uphold each,
every essential instrument of life as it exists.
Still relishing essences, tastes, hours of humankind,
await the opportunity to sleep, to sleep, to sleep, to sleep.