In January 2017, the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters named Karla Huston the poet laureate of Wisconsin. She is the author of the poetry collection A Theory of Lipstick (Main Street Rag, 2013), which received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association. She lives in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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Apr 22 2018
The Bach Chamber Choir Presents: American Poets on April 22

The Bach Chamber Choir, under the direction of Brian McLinden, presents American Poets:

Experience the imagination of our greatest poets, past and present, as words come to life through lush and lively music interpretations of Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Dana Gioia, Walt Whitman, Edgar Allen Poe, Sara Teasdale, Langston Hughes and more. 

St. Christopher Episcopal Church (7845 N. River Road, River Hills, WI 53217). 

TICKETS: $18 at the door, $17 in advance, $10 for students. $1 discount for seniors (cash or check, please).

For tickets and information call (414) 319-9816 or visit bachchoirmilwaukee.com.

7845 N. River Road
53217 River Hills, Wisconsin

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In Milwaukee it is snowing

on the golden statue 

of the 1970s television star

whose television house

was in Milwaukee 

and also on the Comet Cafe

and on the white museum 

the famous Spanish architect 

built with a glass 

elevator through it

and a room with a button

that when you press it

makes two
These are notes to lightning in my bedroom.
A star forged from linen thread and patches.
Purple, yellow, red like diamond suckers, children

of the star gleam on sweaty nights. The quilt unfolds 
against sheets, moving, warm clouds of Chinook. 
It covers my cuts, my red birch clusters under pine.

Under it your



A soap-opera rising and sinking of bodies,

melt of glaciers, flamboyant sculpture of waves—

west wind at thirty knots

this serial archipelago the drama of centuries.

Forgotten Steamboat Island