Read a Poet, Write a Poem 2014: William Stafford

For the last few weeks, the RCAH Center for Poetry has been busy with our annual Read a Poet, Write a Poem workshop. The two-part workshop focuses on the work of a particular poet, in this case, William Stafford, and then uses that poet as a springboard to encourage attendees to create new work ofContinue reading “Read a Poet, Write a Poem 2014: William Stafford”

“Remembering Anna” by Marianne Forman (from the Read a Poet, Write a Poem workshop)

Her fingers always smelled of cabbage, Not like my mother’s hands From the raw bacon she’d wrap Around the Halupkis, But like the boiling water she’d plunge Her hands into after slivering out The core of the cabbage, Unafraid of the blade. I used to think her fingertips Must be callused hard scalded beyond AllContinue reading ““Remembering Anna” by Marianne Forman (from the Read a Poet, Write a Poem workshop)”

“Bisti Badlands, Northwestern New Mexico” by Dorothy Brooks (from the Read a Poet, Write a Poem workshop)

I told no one I was going, I remembered too late as sunset cast brooding shadows on the ancient sea of rock with hoodoos rising like carved cobras in the advancing shadows. Impossible to find, remote— spinner of mysteries, keeper of quiet, the vast expanse spoke its own tongue. No landmarks, I noted, easy toContinue reading ““Bisti Badlands, Northwestern New Mexico” by Dorothy Brooks (from the Read a Poet, Write a Poem workshop)”

Poem of the Week: “You, If No One Else” by Tino Villanueva

You, If No One Else by Tino Villanueva                                      Listen, you who transformed your anguish into healthy awareness, put your voice where your memory is. You who swallowed the afternoon dust, defend everything you understand with words. You,Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “You, If No One Else” by Tino Villanueva”

Poem of the Week: “Your World” by Georgia Douglas Johnson

Your World by Georgia Douglas Johnson Your world is as big as you make it. I know, for I used to abide In the narrowest nest in a corner, My wings pressing close to my side. But I sighted the distant horizon Where the skyline encircled the sea And I throbbed with a burning desireContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Your World” by Georgia Douglas Johnson”

Upcoming Events

JANUARY Mondays, 18/25 7 p.m.  Read a Poet/Write a Poem: featuring the work of Maxine Kumin MSU Horse Teaching and Research Center, 3327 Collins Rd. This two-part workshop presents a detailed introduction of an acclaimed poet and their work in the first part, with a related writing assignment. This assignment is then work-shopped in theContinue reading “Upcoming Events”

Read a Poet, Write a Poem: William Stafford

In honor of next Monday’s Read a Poet, Write a Poem workshop featuring the work of poet William Stafford, here’s a link to some video and audio clips of Stafford reading his own work, including “Traveling Through the Dark”: http://www.williamstaffordarchives.org/browse/video/

Poem of the Week: “My Ambition” by James Laughlin

For Wade Hall is to become a footnote in a learned work of the   22nd century   not just a “cf” or a “see” but a sol-   id note such as Raby gives Walafrid Straho in Christ-   ian Latin Poetry or Ernst Robert Curtius (the most   erudite German who ever lived) devotes to Alber-  Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “My Ambition” by James Laughlin”

Poem of the Week: “The Darkling Thrush” by Thomas Hardy

The Darkling Thrush By Thomas Hardy I leant upon a coppice gate       When Frost was spectre-grey, And Winter’s dregs made desolate       The weakening eye of day. The tangled bine-stems scored the sky       Like strings of broken lyres, And all mankind that haunted nigh       Had sought their household fires. The land’s sharp features seemed to beContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Darkling Thrush” by Thomas Hardy”