• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
February 22

Poetry Reading: Max Garland

readings & workshops
February 23

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale & Roberto Harrison

readings & workshops
February 24

RESCHEDULED: Genre: Urban Arts No. 3 Release

readings & workshops
March 1

Wisconsin Reads The Round House

film & video
March 2

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
March 7

Poetry Reading: Kwabena Antoine Nixon

readings & workshops
March 8

Poetry Reading: Ed Block & Jenny Benjamin

readings & workshops
March 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Suman Chhabra

performances
March 15

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
March 17

Where My Dreaming and My Loving Live: Poetry & the Body with Nikki Wallschlaeger, Jose-Luis Moctezuma & Jay Besemer

readings & workshops
March 22

Community Conversation About The Round House 

readings & workshops
March 28

Poetry Reading: Sherwin Bitsui & Bojan Lewis 

film & video
April 6

aCinema Screening

readings & workshops
April 11

Poetry Reading: Luci Tapahonso

readings & workshops
April 14

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series: Lo Kwa Mei-en

readings & workshops
April 17

Poetry Reading and Conversation with Roberto Harrison @ Brown Deer Public Library

performances
April 19

Alash Ensemble

exhibitions
April 21

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Layli Long Soldier

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents The Bridge

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

readings & workshops
Feb 23 Friday, February 23
7:00pm, FREE

Anna Vitale is the author of Detroit Detroit (Roof Books), Different Worlds (Troll Thread), and several chapbooks including Unknown Pleasures (Perfect Lovers). Recent writing ​has appeared or is ​forthcoming ​in BathHouse Journal, Columbia Poetry Review, Jacket2, and ​Supplement. She lives in Brooklyn and hosts the Tenderness Junction on WFMU.

Roberto Harrison is the author of Os (subpress, 2006), Counter Daemons (Litmus Press, 2006), bicycle (Noemi Press, 2015), culebra (Green Lantern Press, 2016), Bridge of the World (Litmus, 2017), Yaviza (Atelos, 2017), as well as of many chapbooks. He is also a visual artist.
 


 

Anna Vitale from Casey Play

 

I call yr name

Pretty Girl

the Street You

is

Ugly

 

I say Titty

real loud

and it ends

the dream

where

we share

everything.

 

Don’t even

answer it

but let it

ring, its turquoise

cradle brushback

my hands back

up the pulse

two knobs

know being.

 

A poor ding

cracks shells

the flood

releases the poor

“I was here”

on the wall

against yr face

against me

in my drive.

 

Our good hair

in this shit

neighborhood

your shit

by our coming.

Our spectacle squad.

 

I don’t know who

she is but that’s

me I hear without

a name for feeling. A car goes

by with god bless the dead

playing. Shouts

at the mall where

everyone steals

keychains. Let me give you

the feeling of your name,

she says, give me that feeling.

 

 


 

Roberto Harrison word pictures

 

i see live things escape the oceans of my pen

as they settle in the dust to cut into the night

and heave our safari to the home in the home

of the Sea, as the insects complete the plans

in their attentions. as the simplex of 4

makes a simplex of 14             as two sevens

scar the first seven to war with the ground

 

they were night by the male as the corpse

bred their seams to return the intent of the tapirs

and resume what the hunt by the human makes

animals small. but to grow with the camp as the feet

mark the Sea with the cannibal wound on the path

as the bison marks skies in the earth as the dark

and she marks us with nets made to hunt in the eyes

 

as the frozen protection proceeds. but give me your

death in a complex of forms as i insect the force

of our womb and arrive to the plants as they bleed,

and i wash out my blood with the fire as i hold you

in light that the friends of the lion resume with a heart

of the death by the memory saved to the feet of the sea

 

i am the wound of the earth      

 

i am made of our wandering