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IMAGINE Poetry Reading

  • The Reader's Loft 2069 Central Court, Suite 44 Green Bay, WI 54311 USA (map)

AUGUST: In the Heat of Poetry

Bruce Dethlefsen, Cathryn Cofell & Karla Huston

Bruce Dethlefsen Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011-2012), has three full-length books of poetry published, Breather (Fireweed Press, 2009), Unexpected Shiny Things (Cowfeather Press, 2011), and Small Talk (Little Eagle Press, 2014).  He sings and plays harmonica and bass guitar in a blues band, The Big Talkers.  Bruce lives in Westfield, WI, runs Poet Camp twice a year, and has taught over a thousand people how to juggle.  www.brucedethlefsen.com

Bruce Dethlefsen

Bruce Dethlefsen, Wisconsin Poet Laureate (2011-2012), has three full-length books of poetry published, Breather (Fireweed Press, 2009), Unexpected Shiny Things (Cowfeather Press, 2011), and Small Talk (Little Eagle Press, 2014).  He sings and plays harmonica and bass guitar in a blues band, The Big Talkers.  Bruce lives in Westfield, WI, runs Poet Camp twice a year, and has taught over a thousand people how to juggle.  www.brucedethlefsen.com

White Stallions

the children of the street
must see themselves
in the greasy puddles of the forenoon
in the sundown storefront windows
in the luster of the shoes they shine

must see themselves
in the reflection of a customer’s sunglasses
in the tears of the old women
in the shadow of the bus

the children of the street
must see themselves
flying purple kites on sunny beaches
dining with the family after church
riding white stallions

the children of the street
must see themselves

-- Bruce Dethlefsen

Cathryn Cofell Cathryn Cofell of Appleton is the author of Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press) and six chapbooks.  Her poems were set to the music of Obvious Dog on Lip and in concrete as part of the Appleton Sidewalk Poetry Project.  Her work has been frequently published and garnered numerous awards including the WI People & Ideas Poetry Prize and multiple Pushcart nominations. Cofell is a non-stop advocate for the arts, including efforts as the founder and current member of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission; she has also helped to foster the WI Fellowship of Poets, the WFOP Chapbook Prize, the Fox Cities Book Festival, the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, and co-coordinates the Appleton poetry reading series (location in flux).   www.cathryncofell.com

Cathryn Cofell

Cathryn Cofell of Appleton is the author of Sister Satellite (Cowfeather Press) and six chapbooks.  Her poems were set to the music of Obvious Dog on Lip and in concrete as part of the Appleton Sidewalk Poetry Project.  Her work has been frequently published and garnered numerous awards including the WI People & Ideas Poetry Prize and multiple Pushcart nominations. Cofell is a non-stop advocate for the arts, including efforts as the founder and current member of the Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission; she has also helped to foster the WI Fellowship of Poets, the WFOP Chapbook Prize, the Fox Cities Book Festival, the Foot of the Lake Poetry Collective, and co-coordinates the Appleton poetry reading series (location in flux).   www.cathryncofell.com

Shot through with pink

picture her
playing life like a fiddle
a symphony
of elaborate vision
a testament to a life
without handrails.

Her knees are skinned
her elbows raw
but how her blood bubbles
like lava
sings like Ethel Merman
as she rockets
through thin air.

She may be a girl
in a metal gown
but watch her hips swivel
as she rotates the earth
feel how wide
she grows every time
the moon swallows.

She is a magnet.
She is a copper penny.
She is clenched between
the jaws of the sun
she is the teeth of the sun
mouth shaking.

-- Cathryn Cofell
Sister Satellite, Cowfeather Press 2013

Karla Huston Karla Huston is the author of A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag: 2013) as well as seven chapbooks of poetry, most recently, Outside of a Dog: 2013 (dancinggirlpress.com). Her poems, reviews and interviews have been published widely, including in the 2012 Pushcart Best of the Small Presses anthology.

Karla Huston

Karla Huston is the author of A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag: 2013) as well as seven chapbooks of poetry, most recently, Outside of a Dog: 2013 (dancinggirlpress.com). Her poems, reviews and interviews have been published widely, including in the 2012 Pushcart Best of the Small Presses anthology.

Soap Woman

            Mütter Museum, Philadelphia

Of suds or mud, her realm was the kitchen,
but now in this museum, this glass case,
she rests open-mouthed.
Just another woman—dead
of yellow fever, her own hands
once plunged into hot water, the sting
of luster before the headaches,
the bile of jaundice.  She didn’t last long
at her sink, instead to bed, the sky
yellows into hemorrhagic stupor.  
Buried quickly, interred in lye
to hasten decay, the earth betrayed her,
then pressure and shift,
then saponification,
she turned into soap, to elemental fat
and flume, her mouth congealed mid-scream,
she never knew such clean. 

-- Karla Huston

Earlier Event: July 23
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