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Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
November 19

Poetry Reading: Santee Frazier & Franklin K.R. Cline

readings & workshops
November 21

Offsite Talk: Native American Identity & the Politics of the Poetic Image 

readings & workshops
December 3

Ultimate Truth Poetry Reading and Book Release

readings & workshops
December 6

Heddy Keith author of Through it All

readings & workshops
December 9

Poetry Reading: Tonya M. Foster & Samiya Bashir

performances
December 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Nicole Mitchell Quartet

special events
January 27 -28

24th Annual Poetry Marathon & Benefit

Nick Demske

Nick Demske lives in Racine, Wisconsin, and works there at the Racine Public Library. His self-titled manuscript was selected by Joyelle McSweeney for the Fence Modern Poets Series prize and was published in 2010. One goodreads reviewer has said of it, "If I wanted 'clever' play with cliche and idiom I'd go watch really bad poetry slam performances on YouTube." Also found on goodreads, regarding his book: "...reading this feels like watching family guy." 

New work of his will soon be appearing in Broome Street Review, jubilat, ACM, Compost and elsewhere. Nick is a curator of the BONK! Performance series, a founder of the Racquetball Chapbook Press and an editor of the online venue boo: a journal of terrific things. Visit him sometime at nickipoo.wordpress.com.
 

Selected Poems

from Self-Titled: Eleven


Nick Demske

 

"Put your hands where I can see them," said the blind man.
And he picked up his ham
Mer and pulverized all my fingers. When no one attends this party, what will be done
With these eight meat lovers' pizzas? The question,

Rhetorical as Miranda rights. Put your
Hands where I can taste them you leprous freak, you pulverulent delicat
Essen. I see men as trees, walking. An arbor
Ist ushering. But with every laureate

Blacked out from pain, who retrieves the scattered dactyls?
The blind man questions authority, rhetor
Ically. Is heaven as lonely as it looks, officer?
How the fuck should I know. A show of hands please. The gavels

Descend. Ye lovers of meat, behold thy resurrection, thy
Resuscitation. How many fingers am I holding up? Rhetorically.