Lisa Fishman reads from her new book 24 pages and Other Poems. Lisa Fishman's sixth book of poetry is centered on bodies and where they are in relation to each other--whether a body is of plant; of person; or of words, and whether a body is personal or civic; singular or collective; alive or dead. The contradictions of lyric unfold, in this most unconventional elegy, by means of perception so steady it can change. "24 Pages and other poems" extends backward and forward, with the presence of many, such as John Clare and Friederike Mayrocker, helping along the way.
"As if a corridor
could open or the EAR's two missing
letters -- h e a r t -- e a r t h -- wherever
an animal pops out of the water such as a hooded merganser
appeared to do a somersault diving under, not like a mallard more like a child
or a ball -- it didn't come up
until it did"
Lisa Fishman is the author of six books of poetry, including "24 Pages and other poems," "F L O W E R C A R T," "Current," and "The Happiness Experiment." The first Lorine Niedecker Poet-in-Residence in Fort Atkinson and Blackhawk Island, Fishman lives in Orfordville and Madison, Wisconsin. She teaches at Columbia College Chicago.
Sharon Chmielarz reads from Visibility 10 Miles. Visibility: Ten Miles is a collaboration of poetry and photography between Sharon Chmielarz, poet, and Ken Smith, photographer. Both are well acquainted with the prairie; hence these photos and poems include not only grasslands but also the unusual only insiders have seen. These images come from two angles, what the eye sees and what the heart responds to.The title suggests the ability on the prairie to see in distances of miles, not of city blocks or minutes. Here it can suggest something more lies ahead which is unseen.And that is what this book brings to the reader what might be unseen or unremembered or not yet imagined to the eye.
Sharon Chmielarz is the author of four previous collections of poetry: "Different Arrangements," "But I Won't Go Out in a Boat," "The Other Mozart" (made recently into a two-part opera) and "The Rhubarb King." She's had poems published in magazines like The Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, The Hudson Review, The North American Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Commonweal and Salmagundi. She's also written for children.