Storyteller weaves tales at Poetry Center

By Kelsey Block Michigan storyteller, musician and educator Robin Nott visited the RCAH Center for Poetry last week as the first guest of the 2014 Fall Writing Series. The 64-year-old said he first became interested in storytelling as a child at camp, but didn’t explore it in depth until he saw Storyteller Donald Davis speakContinue reading “Storyteller weaves tales at Poetry Center”

Poem of the Week: “The Waking” by Theodore Roethke

The Waking By Theodore Roethke I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow. I feel my fate in what I cannot fear. I learn by going where I have to go. We think by feeling. What is there to know? I hear my being dance from ear to ear. I wake to sleep, andContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Waking” by Theodore Roethke”

Poetry Potluck: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Food and poetry have long been a perfect pairing. In this reblog of a section in our newsletter, we share a recipe and poem duo to feed all the senses. To submit your own pairing, e-mail cpoetry@msu.edu with the subject line “Poetry Potluck Submission” and include the recipe, poem, and a brief introduction as to whyContinue reading “Poetry Potluck: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal”

Poem of the Week: “Blood” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Blood BY NAOMI SHIHAB NYE “A true Arab knows how to catch a fly in his hands,” my father would say. And he’d prove it, cupping the buzzer instantly while the host with the swatter stared. In the spring our palms peeled like snakes. True Arabs believed watermelon could heal fifty ways. I changed theseContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Blood” by Naomi Shihab Nye”

Poem of the Week: “Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes” by Billy Collins

Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes BY BILLY COLLINS First, her tippet made of tulle, easily lifted off her shoulders and laid on the back of a wooden chair. And her bonnet, the bow undone with a light forward pull. Then the long white dress, a more complicated matter with mother-of-pearl buttons down the back, soContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Taking Off Emily Dickinson’s Clothes” by Billy Collins”

10 Great Quotations about Poetry for National Poetry Day

Interesting Literature If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. – Emily Dickinson The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly anContinue reading “10 Great Quotations about Poetry for National Poetry Day”