RCAH Center for Poetry Intern Jenny Crakes Visits Lansing STEM Academy

Center for Poetry intern Jenny Crakes visited the Lansing STEM Academy on Tuesday, Oct. 29, to conduct a poetry writing workshop for the students there. Here is her account. The Center for Poetry had a wonderful opportunity this week to collaborate with the Lansing STEM Academy, where middle school students are writing poems to enterContinue reading “RCAH Center for Poetry Intern Jenny Crakes Visits Lansing STEM Academy”

Writing Workshop a Success

The RCAH Center for Poetry welcomed about 20 people to the “If Your Clothes Could Talk” writing workshop. Anita Skeen and Ruelaine Stokes facilitated the two-hour long discussion. If you missed the fun, remember to come on out to the RCAH LookOut! Gallery on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. for a reading and receptionContinue reading “Writing Workshop a Success”

Poem of the Week: “Une Charogne (A Carcass)” by Charles Baudelaire

                          A Carcass My love, do you recall the object which we saw, That fair, sweet, summer morn! At a turn in the path a foul carcass On a gravel strewn bed, Its legs raised in the air, like a lustful woman, Burning and dripping with poisons, Displayed in a shameless, nonchalant way Its belly,Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “Une Charogne (A Carcass)” by Charles Baudelaire”

In Person With George Ellenbogen

By Kelsey Block The RCAH Center for Poetry welcomed Canadian Poet and Memoirist George Ellenbogen to East Lansing last week. During his visit, Ellenbogen visited several classes, conducted workshops, and gave readings of his work. Ellenbogen studied as an undergraduate at McGill University. He said he had begun working toward his Master of Arts degreeContinue reading “In Person With George Ellenbogen”

Poem of the Week: “After Apple Picking” by Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a treeToward heaven still,And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fillBeside it, and there may be two or threeApples I didn’t pick upon some bough.But I am done with apple-picking now.Essence of winter sleep is on the night,The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.I cannot rub the strangenessContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “After Apple Picking” by Robert Frost”

George Ellenbogen at the Center for Poetry

The RCAH Center for Poetry is thrilled to welcome our first visiting writer of the Fall Writers Series, George Ellenbogen. He will be reading from his latest memoir, “A Stone In My Shoe: In Search of Neighbourhood” as well as that of his late partner, Evelyn Shakir: “Teaching Arabs, Writing Self.” If you’re around MSU’sContinue reading “George Ellenbogen at the Center for Poetry”

Poem of the Week: “The Exam” by Joyce Sutphen

The Exam by Joyce Sutphen It is mid-October. The trees are in their autumnal glory (red, yellow-green, orange) outside the classroom where students take the mid-term, sniffling softly as if identifying lines from Blake or Keats was such sweet sorrow, summoned up in words they never saw before. I am thinking of my parents, ofContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Exam” by Joyce Sutphen”

Poem of the Week: “Now it is fall” by Edith Södergran

Poem of the Week: “Now it is fall,” by Edith Södergran Now it is fall by Edith Södergran Translated from the Swedish by Averill Curdy when all the golden birds fly home across the blue deep water; On shore I sit rapt in its scattering glitter; departure rustles through the trees. This farewell is vastContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Now it is fall” by Edith Södergran”