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Michelle Taransky
Michelle Taransky's first book, Barn Burned, Then, was selected by Marjorie Welish for the 2008 Omnidawn Poetry Prize. She lives in Philadelphia where she works at Kelly Writers House and teaches poetry at Temple University.

Michelle Taranksy's visit is the first in series of Woodland Pattern 30th Anniversary programs to celebrate the contributions of women artists to Woodland Pattern's history and future legacy. These women reflect lifelong commitments to the arts regardless of current trends and help expand understanding and appreciation of diverse art forms.

Over the past 30 years, the creativity of women—administrators, visual artists, writers, editors, publishers, and musicians has played an important role in our mission: to be dedicated to the discovery, cultivation and presentation of contemporary literature and the arts. Each residency will be commemorated with the publication of a broadside created by the visiting writer/artist/musician in collaboration with Woodland Pattern.

This program is made possible with generous assistance from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation - Mary L. Nohl Fund

Barn Burned, Then



Michelle Taransky
The bank,
A teller,
The same figures'

Capacity to chorus, as if
Light was beaten for bread

A confessed wage
Through another

Chance-flood
Broken-necked flicker

Gold pawed labyrinth

Flints of past thresher

Taking brother who is best
At hiding

Writing a statement

To take the barn's place


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