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IMAGINE Poetry Reading

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January: Poetry for a New Year

Karen Wilson & Estella Lauter

Karen Wilson Karen Wilson started fashioning words into poems a dozen years ago, amid a life hitherto devoted to land preservation in particular and environmental protection in general.  She’s having more fun now.  A life-long Wisconsinite who grew up in Sheboygan, she has lived for decades in Door County, where her forebears were original settlers.

Karen Wilson

Karen Wilson started fashioning words into poems a dozen years ago, amid a life hitherto devoted to land preservation in particular and environmental protection in general.  She’s having more fun now.  A life-long Wisconsinite who grew up in Sheboygan, she has lived for decades in Door County, where her forebears were original settlers.

Hope

Tomorrow's wind, if it be wild, 
Should waste them all.
-- Robert Frost

Tomorrow’s waves are sure to wash away
this cairn of stone I’ve built at water’s edge
Not labor wasted, nor my effort vain 
There alone ‘neath clouds and sun 
freshening breeze auguring storm to come
this monument to impermanence
stands – briefly – for hope’s resurgence.

-- Karen Wilson

Estella Lauter As Poet Laureate of Door County (2013-15), Estella Lauter has initiated a collective process to produce an anthology of poems about Door County in the spring. Since retiring in 2004, she has published three chapbooks with Finishing Line Press. Her new poems include observations from the windows of her woodland home,  observations on past and present events and everything in-between. She feels privileged to have been part of the great University of Wisconsin for more than thirty years.  

Estella Lauter

As Poet Laureate of Door County (2013-15), Estella Lauter has initiated a collective process to produce an anthology of poems about Door County in the spring. Since retiring in 2004, she has published three chapbooks with Finishing Line Press. Her new poems include observations from the windows of her woodland home,  observations on past and present events and everything in-between. She feels privileged to have been part of the great University of Wisconsin for more than thirty years.  

Personification

It’s usually the kind of speech that makes American
eyes glaze over with boredom, so irrelevant
to the world of markets and finance, rugged individuals
and high stakes. If speech is not money, it is nothing.

So how do we explain the recent burst of poetry
in the high court that re-created the paper on which
corporations are chartered as persons allowed
to spend unlimited money while the rights of humans

with mothers and fathers are limited? And what about
the proposal to elevate fertilized eggs to personhood
while those who breathe must verify their birth
with pieces of paper issued by the state?

What a victory for poetry. Poof! A figure of speech
is now a person, while the human who made it
is paper.  No more need for real children.  The leftover
eggs on ice will be perfect descendants for paper people.

-- Estella Lauter
Originally published in Verse Wisconsin

Earlier Event: November 20
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Later Event: February 26
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