Call and Response # 24: Poem by Anita Skeen and Image by Guillermo Delgado

The latest in the collaboration between Center for Poetry Director Anita Skeen and RCAH Professor Guillermo Delgado!

The Secret Lives of Things


Even in death my family is divided,

the Skeens planted at Goshen Church,

the Prudens already risen to the mountaintop

at Spring Hill Cemetery.  Only the smell

of fresh cut grass unites the two, the wind

in my hair as I carry marigolds to stones.

Looking away from my Grandmother Skeen,

I take in the land I might have owned

had I been a boy, had there been

no flu epidemic in 1918.  I am lucky

to have my father, born after the passing

of his father. Nor did he get the farm,

sold so their mother could move

five kids to the city and find work.

From my Grandmother Pruden’s stone,

I look down on that city, the interchanges

of three highways looping together,

easy conversation of hickory and oak

drowned out by arguments of cars.

There used to be just the Kanawha

going wherever rivers go, and…

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The Center for Poetry opened in the fall of 2007 to encourage the reading, writing, and discussion of poetry and to create an awareness of the place and power of poetry in our everyday lives. We think about this in a number of ways, including through readings, shows, community outreach, and workshops. We are at work building a poetry community at MSU and in the greater Lansing area. Contact: (517) 884-1932

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