Poem of the Week: “Incident” by Natasha Trethewey

We tell the story every year— how we peered from the windows, shades drawn— though nothing really happened, the charred grass now green again. We peered from the windows, shades drawn, at the cross trussed like a Christmas tree, the charred grass still green. Then we darkened our rooms, lit the hurricane lamps. At theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Incident” by Natasha Trethewey”

Poem of the Week: “Smoke in Our Hair” by Ofelia Zepeda

The scent of burning wood holds the strongest memory. Mesquite, cedar, piñon, juniper, all are distinct. Mesquite is dry desert air and mild winter. Cedar and piñon are colder places. Winter air in our hair is pulled away, and scent of smoke settles in its place. We walk around the rest of the day withContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Smoke in Our Hair” by Ofelia Zepeda”

Poetry Center director Anita Skeen and former RCAH professor Laura DeLind publish collaborative book

By Kelsey Block The Unauthorized Audubon, a collection of poetry and prints by Poetry Center Director Anita Skeen and Anthropology Professor Laura DeLind, was recently published by the MSU Press. The RCAH Center for Poetry hosted a reading on February 19 to celebrate the occasion, in which the creators read and signed their book. TheContinue reading “Poetry Center director Anita Skeen and former RCAH professor Laura DeLind publish collaborative book”

The Festival of Listening (2014)

The Festival of Listening (2014), a set on Flickr. Thanks to our readers from last week’s Festival of Listening, an evening of untranslated poetry at (SCENE) Metrospace gallery in downtown East Lansing. We had a wonderful variety of languages represented, from Korean to Swedish to Arabic. See you again next March!

Poem of the Week: “Song” by Brenda Cárdenas

You shout my name from beyond my dreams, beyond the picture window of this Rosarito beach house. Rushing from bed to shore I glimpse their backs— volcanoes rising out of the sea. Your back, a blue-black silhouette, feet wet with the wash of morning waves. Fountains spring from mammal minds, my hands lifting a splashContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Song” by Brenda Cárdenas”

Festival Of Listening

By Kelsey Block The RCAH Center for Poetry was proud to put on the 2014 Festival of Listening. An estimated 50 people gathered last Thursday at (scene) metrospace to listen to untranslated poetry read aloud by 13 speakers of 11 different languages. Kegan Cochrane, MSU sophomore, read two poems – one in Icelandic and one inContinue reading “Festival Of Listening”

Poem of the Week: the salve trade by Fred Moten

all down on perdido street, from san juan to inglewood, up on that bridge, up where the soul trees grow by soul, dance to fantastic information while we kick off the modern world. the whistle sounded good like a kiss on a train. a track below us in the cabinet in the tunnel under theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: the salve trade by Fred Moten”