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        Tell me     Grandfatherdid you ever        try to scrub outyour dark                   Mediterranean  skin          your Camelsoriginal     Napolitano     tongue

My sister doesn’t do sad.She tried it on a few times,   different styles, different sizes—   nothing quite fit. Either too loudor too dark, too tight or too baggy, she’d say.

It was that summer19 years old     I lived alonefevered with independenceefficiency apartment on Summit Avenuescratch cushions     pull-out couchGoodwill dishes     my boyfriend and I

Photo of Jessi Peterson

Jessi Peterson reads her award-winning poems from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest.

A slide featuring the contest winners names, faces, and the WI Book Festival logo

Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy’s magazine of contemporary Wisconsin thought and culture, presents an online Wisconsin Book Festival reading featuring the winners of the statewide 20

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Kathleen Dale shares a reading of her award-winning poetry from a number of Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contests.

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Karen Loeb reads her award-winning poems from the Wisconsin People & Ideas poetry contests.

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Poet Nicholas Gulig reads his award-winning work from the Wisconsin People & Ideas Poetry Contest.

                        By age three everything’s in place.There’s a closet for storing languagewith all the nouns and verbs on hooks and hangersknowing their places, who comes first

I rummaged around in words all day,changing this one, discarding that one,snipping, pruning, and adding, a gardenerworking in a field of meaning flowers. 

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