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Caillouet, Chirskira 2022

Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Poetry @ the Green with Caillouet Chirskira
320 S. Canal


Organ pipes tower over the city like a cathedral
Humming through with the click clack of El tracks
Whistling winds whisper through, Wabash

Spilling secrets like Goose Island root beer overflowing in Buckingham Fountain
Flooding the streets like flames from the Fire

– Caillouet Chirskira, “Dusable’s Home”

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Pugh, Justus 2022

Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Poetry @ the Green with Justus Pugh
320 S. Canal


as i begin to compose this “thing”
note that it will change between now and it’s conclusion
if there is a conclusion
this began as an idea-
an idea to collect and creatively organize my thoughts;

– Justus Pugh, “afrotranscendental: a meditation”

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Karmin, Jennifer 2022

Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Poetry @ the Green with Jennifer Karmin
320 S. Canal


one has to have
a reason for living
a guiding philosophy
a purpose
a goal

– Jennifer Karmin, “work: an ode for the human micropoem”

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‘Democracy Lessons’

Note: This is our last “Poetry and the 2020 Election” post, opening the field to poets beyond our psychosm. We thank heartily the Hudson Valley poets who contributed to this effort, and Jacket2 ‘s Kenna O’Rourke and Jessica Lowenthal for their continuous presence and care in making what we have done sing.

to learn
and why

a schoolhouse
built in 1910

as practice

– Jennifer Karmin, “consider my dear”

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Matejka, Adrian 2022

Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Summer Poetry Gathering featuring Adrian Matejka
Haymarket House


& there’s no taking it back now.
What comes next? Charcoal underbone,

darkroom for soliloquy & irises wide
at home. Some underside party popping

off & ending with me counting resignations
on a couch made from my last pennies—

copper profiles cushion deep, dull
with emancipation & worth almost me.

– Adrian Matejka, “I Say the Thing for the First Time”

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Adrian Matejka begins at 1:04:30 minutes.

It ends because the beginning won’t jumpstart
again: red smudge of a mouth, lipstick everywhere

the afterthought a comet leaves on its way
out. What makes this moment unfold like a fine

woman raising herself up from the bathroom floor?
Honky-tonk in the honeyed brown of an eyeball?

– Adrian Matejka, “End of Side A”

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Martinez, Alyssa 2022

Tuesday, July 12, 2022
Poetry @ the Green with Alyssa Martinez
320 S. Canal


We reappeared through

mountains in the North blackened
with distance, blacker even behind
themselves, and obscured even
further with that tokey giant air.

– Alyssa Martinez, “You, Warmer Than I”

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Meaning had fallen off
the words. I peered into

bathroom mirror
through hesitant
steam, wiped away

to expose

an expected face, different.

– Alyssa Martinez, “The Longest Improvisation”

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Bond, Nicole 2022

Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Poetry @ the Green with Nicole Bond and Joy Young
320 S. Canal

Dear White Couple Who Have The Black Pre School Aged Child,

We don’t know each other, but I see you in the neighborhood, usually at the bus stop in the mornings.

It’s hard not to notice a white woman and man walking with or pushing a Black pre-school girl in a stroller, up and down a Chicago South Side street. It’s an off-putting precursor to what will inevitably be the same wave of gentrification that crashed over neighboring Hyde Park.

– Nicole Bond, “Signed, A Little Old Black Lady”

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Sunlight shines through the window on her plastic Aldi bag
…facing front…moving forward…traveling backwards into canned quicksand.

Behind her stands a man at the door

…his plastic Save-a-Lot bags on the floor, parked between black-laced Nike’s.

– Nicole Bond, “Crossing the Desert”

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Gambito, Sarah 2022

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Blue Hour Reading Series with Sarah Gambito and Joseph Legaspi


I was so afraid. I couldn’t escape it. It was bigger than me and 3 horned. It dashed for me and missed and missed again. It leapt for me in my skirt. I was younger than it. It opened its parent mouth and I could die trying.

– Sarah Gambito, “Citizenship [I was so afraid.]”

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Sarah Gambito begins at 30:36 minutes.

How much our hands are God’s
to be running fingers over braille cities.
We are this hand pushed through our womb.
Weeping with each other’s blood in our eyes.
I dreamed that I slept with the light on.

– Sarah Gambito, “Yolanda: A Typhoon”

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