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Author: Dominic Inouye

On Metaphor & Simile, Synecdoche & Metonymy: A fresh perspective on ZIP MKE

I used to tell my English students that metaphor was the most important rhetorical device humans had ever created. Metaphor compares two seemingly dissimilar things in a new way. It’s a big powerful equal sign (that, in itself, was a metaphor). But metaphor is so much more than poetry to be appreciated or studied in a class–“All the world’s a stage,” “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day,” “wine-dark sea” or “I know how the caged bird sings”–though these are certainly timeless and lovely parallels. Without metaphor, I would insist, there would have been no Hammurabi’s Code or...

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Photo Essay: Detailed patchwork shows patterns of community

As someone who has driven and walked more miles of Milwaukee streets over the past year, as part of the photographic community engagement organization called ZIP MKE, than he had during his first 22 years as a Seattle transplant, so much of this Walk Across Milwaukee with was familiar. But, as with any purposeful walk on which someone looks left, right, up, and down with intention – in this case, to document the current state of North Avenue – many things I saw anew. Interesting details in East Side benches, fancy alley fences, red brick crosswalks, and large planters...

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Dominic Inouye: A love letter to Milwaukee

“I came onboard in October, and I already see how important it is, by bringing awareness of the goodness and kindness and fabulous diversity of Milwaukee to its citizens. We only hope that will continue in the form of bringing people together from different parts of the city, to promote positive change and exciting growth for Milwaukee.” – Tracey Thomas Dear Milwaukee, Since the end of September, you have shown me what I already knew, but had not fully seen. You are certainly a sunset skyline with domes and steeples, new high rises and a white-winged museum. But you...

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Photo Essay: ZIP MKE from 53202 to 53233

“I appreciate your approach. So many people rely on stories and others to form opinions and build bias without any experience, and you went out and had experiences. We should all do the same.” – Melita Pate-Tyler ZIP MKE launched as photographic experiment to represent each of Milwaukee’s 27 zip codes. The crowdsourcing photo process allowed more images to be collected in a short span of time, from a wider geographical area, involving residents all over the city. As a result, the ZIP MKE gallery features photos of Milwaukee, by the people of Milwaukee. The project was created by...

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