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Poetry for a Small Planet

featuring Jeff Poniewaz and Milwaukee Poet Laureate Antler Tuesday, November 18th, 7pm at Marquette’s Haggerty Museum Free! The Haggerty Museum of Art on Marquette University campus will host a free poetry reading featuring Riverwest poets Jeff Poniewaz and Antler. Both poets have consistently addressed environmental issues in their poetry. Antler’s book of “Selected Poems” was published in 2000. He won the 1985 Whitman Award, given to authors “whose contribution best reveal the continuing presence of Walt Whitman in American poetry.” He was chosen by Friends of Milwaukee Public Library to be Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate during 2002-03. Last May the Council for Wisconsin Writers gave him its Major Achievement Award. Allen Ginsberg called him “one of Whitman’s ‘poets and orators to come’.” Jeff Poniewaz has taught Literature of Ecological Vision at UW-Milwaukee since 1989. His poems have appeared in many periodicals including Greenpeace Chronicles, and in anthologies including Earth Prayers. In 1987 he won a Discovery Award from PEN, an international writers organization. His book “Dolphin Leaping in the Milky Way” was praised by Allen Ginsberg for its “Whitmanesque/Thoreauvian verve and wit.” This event is free and open to the public. “For decades now, Jeff Poniewaz and Antler have been dealing with the situation of Earth, which has now reached crisis proportions and begins to penetrate general public consciousness. Poets like these are the antennae of the race–and Jeff and Antler, rising up out of Wisconsin, make a kind of miracle of a flowering of intelligence and information out of the provinces rather than out of San Francisco or New York, and so we have poets from the interior of the country, rather than from the capital cities, with information important to the capitals.” –Allen Ginsberg This event is being held in conjunction with “Agnes Denes: Projects for Public Spaces,” an environmental art exhibit at Marquette University’s Haggerty Art Museum, which features a retrospective of over 60 of her projects represented by 110 works and continues until January 4, 2004. The Haggerty Museum of Art is located on the campus of Marquette University. Free parking is available in the Mary B. Finnigan Parking Lot (enter on 11th St. through Marquette Lot J).