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Stacy Szymaszek was born in Milwaukee, WI in 1969. After living in Philadelphia and Chicago she found what she was looking for back in
Stacy Szymaszek
Milwaukee in the form of Woodland Pattern Book Center, where she worked from 1999-2005. Huzzah! Some of her chapbooks are: Some Mariners (Etherdome, 2004), Mutual Aid (gong, 2004), Pasolini Poems (Cy Press, 2005) and There Were Hostilities (release, 2005). While in Milwaukee some of her cultural works included: curating readings at the Jody Monroe Gallery, co-editing the journal traverse, keeping life-sustaining poetry on the shelves of WP, and editing the acclaimed Gam: A Survey of Great Lakes Writing. In 2005 she moved to New York to work for the Poetry Project at St. Mark's Church, where she has recently been named its new Artistic Director. Some of her cultural works in addition to Project work include: contributing editor for fascicle, coeditor of Instance Press, and she continues on with the Gam (is a gift) project. Szymaszek is the author of Emptied of All Ships and the forthcoming Hyper-glossia, both with Litmus Press. She is happy to be reading at one of her favorite places.


Stacy Szymaszek
observant of landscape and entitled

to alter it

educated guess what's buried in the trenches

I'll mandate its rise

natural as everything I
associate myself with

slow momentum
desert weather deck

and bulk merchandise

adapt my speech to the ration of words

per daywardrobe of

allocated head covering

age-old loose cloak

swirl of flax petals

circulatory strategy

  • raptorial



    safe conduct

    an hour


    the future

    where residence

    might favor me

    though my face cannot

    be rendered in this

    inaugural hood

  • without bedizened pectorals
    I could have held you

    my name

    the same as

    a saint

    roasted inside a bronze ox

    this time I pray

    to stay

    where I land

    you   —

    when in bloused form   ,   flee!

    further from

    my annular instinct

    resist prolix

  • what of my persuasion now

    as twiner of soft speech more often met

    with curves of dispassion

    does dream home take a hyphen?          unsure in shorthand

    pardon my eye larger than my brain

    I am not required to captain          this brackish lake

    feeding with a range of flamingos

    something in the water turns us

    pink again

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