Poem: Scrambled

May 29, 2019
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Shaun Ranft is a Lake Effect sports contributor and the former editor of the website The Sports Post. But as much as he loves sports, Ranft says his true writing passion has always leaned in a more creative direction — specifically poetry.

Ranft joined Lake Effect’s Audrey Nowakowski in the studio to share how he came to love creative writing, and to read the first of many poems he will contribute in the future:

stunning, desperately disengaged;
can you feel the change in the tracks?

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Milwaukee poet and Lake Effect contributor Jenny Benjamin, reading Closer to Sundown.

Closer to Sundown 

Are those willo-the-wisps to lead me along a new path?
Or has the water tricked my eyes to believe in myth?
These feathers, really leaves making golden pillow puddles,
take shape, and will they fade with sunset at the close of day?

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An unscheduled snow day inspired this most recent poem from Lake Effect contributor Ed Makowski:

Driving behind a plow truck
watching the driver choose their line
which blades to
scour the cement the angle, the height,

like being
handed a pickaxe,
instructed to execute
precise surgical maneuvers
while avoiding invisible snow-covered
banana peels, concrete isles,

and that one
car, parked
in the middle of the block.

Poem: Winter Poem

Dec 26, 2018

The winter solstice can be tough. As the day with the shortest period of sunlight in the year, it can be a grim reminder of the cold weather and sunless evenings yet to come. It may be no surprise, then, that many of us seek out comfort during the winter, whether it's snuggling up in a pile of blankets, watching a favorite movie, or if you're like poet Jenny Benjamin, eating good food with loved ones. 

Winter Poem

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For hunters in Wisconsin, deer season began at the crack of dawn on Saturday, Nov. 17. It's a date on the calendar that moved Milwaukee poet Ed Makowski to write:

A squirrel bounding
through fallen leaves
is a deer

The groaning in the winds
of a birch tree leaning against
another shagbark hickory is
the growlpurr of a buck
seeking a female deer

The flickering ruffles of
polyester camouflage leaves
on the hood of your coat are
real leaves being crunched
behind you by a deer

Essay & Poem: Mummies

Oct 26, 2018

95 years ago, the tomb of Egyptian pharaoh King Tutankhamun was unearthed. It had been closed since 1352 BCE and its discovery kicked off a world wide interest in mummies that continues to today. Lake Effect essayist Richard Hedderman says there are good reasons we’re fascinated with them.