Book Sale Success

Last Thursday, the RCAH Center for Poetry hosted its annual book sale. We would like to say a very big “thank you” to all of the folks who stopped by and supported the Center. We were lucky enough to raise more than $1,400, which will go toward our programming. Your support is much-appreciated, and weContinue reading “Book Sale Success”

Poem of the Week: “Messy Room” by Shel Silverstein

Messy Room Shel Silverstein Whosever room this is should be ashamed! His underwear is hanging on the lamp. His raincoat is there in the overstuffed chair, And the chair is becoming quite mucky and damp. His workbook is wedged in the window, His sweater’s been thrown on the floor. His scarf and one ski areContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Messy Room” by Shel Silverstein”

Bins of books!

Calling all bibliophiles! The day you’ve waited for is finally here! The annual Poetry Center book sale is happening tomorrow! We’ll be out on the grass near the corner of Farm Lane and North Shaw Lane on MSU’s campus from 9 am – 5 pm with bins of books for sale.  We’ll have poetry books, cookbooks,Continue reading “Bins of books!”

Memoirist Jane Congdon in conversation with RCAH community

By Kelsey Block “It’s a shared experience,” Memoirist Jane Congdon mentioned during her visit to the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities last week. “I’ve been a visiting writer before, but I’ve never been an artist in conversation.” The RCAH welcomed Congdon back in November 2011 to discuss her first memoir entitled, It StartedContinue reading “Memoirist Jane Congdon in conversation with RCAH community”

Poem of the Week: “A Certain Kind of Eden” by Kay Ryan

A Certain Kind of Eden Kay Ryan It seems like you could, but you can’t go back and pull the roots and runners and replant. It’s all too deep for that. You’ve overprized intention, have mistaken any bent you’re given for control. You thought you chose the bean and chose the soil. You even thoughtContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “A Certain Kind of Eden” by Kay Ryan”


That’s what you’ll be if you don’t come to Jane Congdon’s conversation tomorrow at 4 pm in Snyder C304. Congdon will be visiting the RCAH tomorrow, popping into classes and discussing her newest book “Mr. Joe: Tales from a Haunted Life,” which was published last year. The memoir details the life Joseph Barnett, Congdon’s brotherContinue reading “Haunted.”

Poem of the Week: “Let Nothing Lie Dormant” by David Dominguez

Let Nothing Lie Dormant David Dominguez At the farmer’s market in Rosarito, Mexico, a man touched my arm. He sat on a stool at a wooden table, and in the center, a blue pitcher of water beaded under the sun. Hunkered over his lap, he worked with a gouge on a block of walnut, andContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Let Nothing Lie Dormant” by David Dominguez”

Call to All Poetry Center Followers!

Call to readers! Hi everyone, We at the RCAH Center for Poetry are very interested in our followers. We want to hear from you! Don’t hesitate to write us on Facebook, tweet at us, send us an email at or comment on this post below to let us know where you’re from, what youContinue reading “Call to All Poetry Center Followers!”

Poem of the Week: “The Appeal of Antiques” by Allan Peterson

The Appeal of Antiques By Allan Peterson The intriguing comfort of an imagined past is entered through objects the same way we continue the present but without nostalgia Parents so long for happiness they say one life is not enough and live through their children But children also live backwards through past candles crank telephonesContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Appeal of Antiques” by Allan Peterson”

Poem of the Week: Refrigerator, 1957

by Thomas Lux Video courtesy TheCreelyFoundation More like a vault — you pull the handle out and on the shelves: not a lot, and what there is (a boiled potato in a bag, a chicken carcass under foil) looking dispirited, drained, mugged. This is not a place to go in hope or hunger. But, justContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Refrigerator, 1957”