the makings of


the makings of


let there be no mistake, we are

bejeweled by the stars, by their

stardust and radiance, atom by atom

being sold short is of our own making,

not theirs, as we all climb the tree of life,

branch by branch, its illusory permanence

inspires us all, even with its shakiness,

its faux green aura that we seek

to repair because inside we, like it or not,

are the anointed ones who are star-baptized

and capable of truth-gathering about this 

shimmering, breakout world


Surprises through dark blue shadows

Impatience in Godot-like times

Is epidemic and maddening,

Fodder for wild gesticulations,

Lends itself to the violence 

Of the spirit, and will sell us short

On our humanity if we let it. We must

Never let go of the glow to be found

Around the corner …


 Stephen Anderson


Stephen Anderson is a Milwaukee poet and translator whose work has appeared in Southwest Review, Verse Wisconsin, Foundling Review, Twist In Time, Tipton Poetry Journal, New Purlieu Review, Free Verse, and Latin American Literature Today, Blue Heron Review, as well as in numerous other print and online journals. Many of his poems have been featured on the Milwaukee NPR affiliate WUWM Lake Effect Program. Anderson is the author of three chapbooks, as well as three full-length collections, In the Garden of Angels and Demons (2017), The Dream Angel Plays The Cello (2019) and High Wire (2021.) In the summer of 2013, six of his poems formed the text for a chamber music song cycle entitled The Privileged Secrets of the Arch performed by some musicians from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer. Anderson’s work is being archived in the Stephen Anderson Collection in the Special Collections Section of the Raynor Libraries at Marquette University.

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