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Born in St. Joseph, Joyce Sutphen is Minnesota's second poet laureate. She holds a Ph.D. in renaissance drama from the University of Minnesota and currently resides in the city of Chaska.

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Apr 11 2018
Pankake Poetry Reading with Margaret Hasse

The Pankake Poetry Series was named in honor of librarian Marcia Pankake, whose love of poetry was demonstrated in the countless readings and poetry events she hosted at the University Libraries until her retirement in 2007.

Margaret Hasse is a poet, teacher, and arts consultant, with a career spanning four decades in the Twin Cities. Her poetry, frequently featured on The Writer’s Almanac and in many publications, speaks intimately and resonantly about experiences in the everyday world, finding joy and revelation in what we often take for granted. She is the author of five collections of poems, Stars Above, Stars Below, In a Sheep’s Eye, Darling, Milk and Tides, Earth’s Appetite, and Between Us.

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4:00pm to 6:00pm
222 21st Ave. S.
55455 Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Joyce Sutphen

Joyce Sutphen is the author of Modern Love & Other Myths (Red Dragonfly Press, 2015), After Words (Red Dragonfly Press, 2013), and First Words (...

poems

poem
On the Forty-Ninth Birthday of "The Day Lady Died"
It is 3:00 in the torpid New South, three days past Bastille Day & yes
        this is the form you fashioned,
isn't it? Exact & fast & haunted as the opening chords of "Sweet Jane"
        (Mott the Hoople version),
poem
                                       ... reverberation
                              Of thunder of spring over distant mountains
                              He who was living is now dead
                              We who were living are now dying
                              With a little patience.
poem

1.

Wang Ping asks if
we went to a seder
last night
               She did,
in Minneapolis
No, I say, we’re not
observant
as though we constantly
overlook details

2.

The teachers in the lounge
crowd around the
Swedish visitor
You must be very