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An Eau Claire poet's wry take on life, death, and love.

Join the Academy for homemade pie and poetry in Milwaukee
Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston, 2017. Photo by Mike Roemer/

Karla Huston dishes on poetic process and plans for her new position: Wisconsin Poet Laureate.

Join us for pie and poetry with the new Wisconsin Poet Laureate: Karla Huston.

a cold wet compress to her foreheada brisk rub and warm breath on her pale little handsa shiver     her eyes blink twice then openspring comes around slowly

Join us for a reading and discussion with former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Bruce Dethlefsen.

Yesterday morning I’m pretty sure it was yesterdayI started walking along the beach toward someone whowould meet me at my destination. Where it was orwho it was I can’t remember off the top of my head.

Cancer is not a ringing bell,a queen of spades. Cancer is notyour mother’s hand-me-down, strung likepearls along the lymph nodes,smoky quartz clustered in the caving lung,

I’m sitting on a park bench noodling linesfrom a Billy Stayhorn song, Somethingto Live For, “watching the noon crowds,”when a woman bumps me with her hip.“How are you,” she asks, and I choke

Mom said, Kiss her hand.I didn’t want to kiss my teacher;especially not on the bulginggreen vein of her thin hands.I think she had red hair. She waskind. She sent a memo home:

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