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IMAGINE Poetry Reading

  • The Reader's Loft 2069 Central Court, Suite 44 Green Bay, WI 54313 USA (map)

JUNE: Poetry of Place

Abraham Smith & Steve Timm

Abraham Smith Abraham Smith hails from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. He has authored four full-length poetry collections: Ashagalomancy (Action Books, forthcoming); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). Hick Poetics, co-edited with Shelly Taylor, an anthology of contemporary American rural poetry, is forthcoming from Lost Roads Press. His poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The American Poetry Review, jubilat, Fence, Denver Quarterly, The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow Books, 2014), and Taos Poetry Circus: The '90's (Pennwhistle Press, 1999). His creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He is Instructor of English at the University of Alabama.

Abraham Smith

Abraham Smith hails from Ladysmith, Wisconsin. He has authored four full-length poetry collections: Ashagalomancy (Action Books, forthcoming); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). Hick Poetics, co-edited with Shelly Taylor, an anthology of contemporary American rural poetry, is forthcoming from Lost Roads Press. His poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies such as The American Poetry Review, jubilat, Fence, Denver Quarterly, The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow Books, 2014), and Taos Poetry Circus: The '90's (Pennwhistle Press, 1999). His creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. He is Instructor of English at the University of Alabama.

from "Crow"

in his wide wide palm the reigns loose as a foundering
pulse the sky gone
the color of the dying too
and the night kneels
on the throat of the morning
the turkey is clocking and
the night is a preservationist
the morning is a revisionist and
the child is erasing her skin
with a toe thick school eraser for
the moon is the idea of the bone in theoretical x-ray
the clenched jaws of the stars
the doctor’s hunched under
run thick cold sweat thoughts of
the metals of air war asleep
in the father of the father of boom
the crow birds sketch the sky
fumble up a funnel up the sky yes
they try and tie a first bowtie up the sky
as life this life is a soap bubble popped by a pin ha ha
the horses the noises of going ha
sound permits energy mm
of thinking sound outside
the head if
the sound of bye bye but with
then beauty and sadness
rap goat horns on a mountain
man goats boom boom
the only occasion of living finally is love
sounding motion something
other than silence takes the mind
thinking of love
writing is going
poems are bye bye
but take me with
this one composed no clapped to the tune of
wild rivers of wind fire leather coining
demitasses in zee demure aspen trees
yes the liver meat noses of those planet stars
liver lichen oh sis
the stick cage the night is
and the doctor breaking it for the people
and hitching
isis i am not to build this worn house of smoke anymore

About this Poem: 

"This snippet is excerpted from the Crow creation myth (a crow being a drunk's left boot crammed into a country doctor's housecall satchel), forthcoming among a collection of creation myths: In the Old Days (Action Books, 2015)."

—Abraham Smith
Originally published on Academy of American Poets www.poets.org

Steve Timm Steve Timm has published two books of poetry, Un storia and Disparity (both from BlazeVOX), and one forthcoming in 2015, This’s That from But Still. He is also the author of 3 chapbooks and his poems have appeared in a wide variety of print and online journals. He is also known for performances of what Nick Demske once called “weird, jagged, manic, intense, beautiful sound poetry.” Steve lives in Madison, and teaches English as a second language at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Steve Timm

Steve Timm has published two books of poetry, Un storia and Disparity (both from BlazeVOX), and one forthcoming in 2015, This’s That from But Still. He is also the author of 3 chapbooks and his poems have appeared in a wide variety of print and online journals. He is also known for performances of what Nick Demske once called “weird, jagged, manic, intense, beautiful sound poetry.” Steve lives in Madison, and teaches English as a second language at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Faternity Broths

the manny festations are obious
transitionitory algamgams of penidence
daily dossages of squid librium
skiddandle out of, so which
if I reverse all voicings would I invert
what hangs from what the hanged hang from from them
not what died just pends
gored this bluralism, corped
saranity like an aide-de-compf
what the Wolf once bluesed
to be built at all
rolls, how droll, howdy roll
lipids craters
it’s hippographical, all errer
the flesh is my behavior, I stall in wont
when in come sartorial Dick Swindle slim as a lumberjack
there’re trees out there horizontal as hell
not that anyone’s squeezing anyone
iterative ruings
sometimes we hear right through the ol’ ’lisions
gone thorough with pulsions

-- Steve Timm

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