Poem of the Week: “To My Reader” by Irene McKinney

To My Reader There’s a passage through the night where someone awards me, hangs the tassle of distress off to the side and replaces it with a badge indicating that I did one thing right by continuing what I’d started when I didn’t know it had begun, and I was sure of no reward. BlessingsContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “To My Reader” by Irene McKinney”

Poem of the Week: “No Map” by Stephen Dobyns

No Map   How close the clouds press this October first and the rain—a gray scarf across the sky. In separate hospitals my father and a dear friend lie waiting for their respective operations, hours on a table as surgeons crack their chests. They were so brave when I talked to them last as theyContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “No Map” by Stephen Dobyns”

Poem of the Week: “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins

I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into a poem and watch him probe his way out, or walk inside the poem’s room and feel the walls for a light switch. IContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Introduction to Poetry” by Billy Collins”

Poem of the Week: “Why We Tell Stories” by Lisel Mueller

I Because we used to have leaves and on damp days our muscles feel a tug, painful now, from when roots pulled us into the ground and because our children believe they can fly, an instinct retained from when the bones in our arms were shaped like zithers and broke neatly under their feathers andContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Why We Tell Stories” by Lisel Mueller”


The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Center for Poetry at Michigan State University opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry. Our goal is to help facilitate a place for poetry in our everyday lives. Poetry allows us to read, write, and think expressively while teachingContinue reading “Welcome”