Readings & Events

36th Annual Reading Series
 
Brenda Hillman - CANCELLED Wednesday, April 29, 2009 - 6:30pm
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue
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We are sorry to announce that this reading has been cancelled. We do hope to bring Brenda Hillman to the Poetry Center in the coming season.



Brenda Hillman
has published seven collections of poetry, including Loose Sugar (1997), Cascadia (2001), and Pieces of Air in the Epic (2005). She has edited an edition of Emily Dickinson's poetry for Shambhala Publications, and, with Patricia Dienstfrey, co-edited The Grand Permisson: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood (2003). Among the awards Hillman has received are the 2005 William Carlos Williams Prize for poetry, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Hillman is the Olivia Filippi Professor of Poetry at Saint Mary's College in Moraga, California. She is also a member of the permanent faculties of Napa Valley Writers' Conference and of Squaw Valley Community of Writers. Hillman is the final Judge for the Poetry center's 15th Annual Juried Reading competition.
 
Wood's Edge

Infinity lifted:
a gasp of emeralds.

I thought I felt
the tall night trees
between them,

no exactitude,
a wait not even
known yet.

I held my violet up;
no smell.
It made a signal squeak
inside, bats,

lisps of pride;

ah, their little things,
their breath: lungs of a painting,

they swept me
in four ways, their square
plans, as I have made
a good square saying,

you I
you not-I
not-you I
not-you not-I,

ritual of hope
whose weight
has not been measured-

                                        Brenda Hillman