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"Charles James: Deconstructed," the Poetry Foundation, and Home/Land

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Donnie Madia, Publican Quality Meats, Blackbird, Avec, Big Star, and the Violet Hour co-owner and operator, is relaxing at:

Poetry Foundation I try to get out of my element because I live for work, and when I'm not at work I'm with my girlfriend whom I love very much. I tend to do a lot of driving between my home and our properties, and every day I drive down Superior by this beautiful building that was just completed in the last six months. I was intrigued, and it turns out it's the Chicago home of the Poetry Foundation. If you want to get away, out of your element, away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day work obligations, it's a really peaceful and beautiful space to do so. The relationship between the building and the rest of the block—the way it's set back from the street—is incredible. The exterior is this metal mesh that surrounds the entire structure with superclean glass facades on the interior. It's a beautiful architectural addition to our city. Inside are resources for children and adults alike: workshops, books of poetry, etc. You go inside and you can retreat into the works of all these great poets, which is completely beautiful in its own sense (a personal favorite are the works of Octavio Paz).

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