2014 Fall Writing Series wraps up with nonfiction writer

By Kelsey Block On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the Center for Poetry welcomed nonfiction writer Jim Minick as the last guest in the Fall Writing Series. Throughout the week, Minick visited two RCAH classes in addition to reading from his memoir, The Blueberry Years: A Memoir a Farm and Family and an essay in which he explores theContinue reading “2014 Fall Writing Series wraps up with nonfiction writer”

Poetry Potluck: Blueberry Grunt

Food and poetry have long been a perfect pairing. In “Poetry Potluck,” we share a recipe and poem duo to feed all the senses. To submit your own pairing, e-mail cpoetry@msu.edu and include the recipe, poem, and a brief introduction as to why they are meaningful to you. This week’s pair is brought to youContinue reading “Poetry Potluck: Blueberry Grunt”

Poem of the Week: “One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII” by Pablo Neruda

One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII Pablo Neruda Translated from Spanish by Mark Eisner I don’t love you as if you were a rose of salt, topaz, or arrow of carnations that propagate fire: I love you as one loves certain obscure things, secretly, between the shadow and the soul. I love you as the plantContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “One Hundred Love Sonnets: XVII” by Pablo Neruda”

Poem of the Week: “How to Skip a Stone” by Jackson Graham

This week’s Poem of the Week is a very special one, as it features the winner of our Sixth Annual Richard Benvenuto High School Poetry Competition! Richard Benvenuto taught in the English Department at Michigan State University for 20 years, and his wife, Joyce, started the competition in his name for all Michigan high schoolers.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “How to Skip a Stone” by Jackson Graham”

Writing pair visits Center for Poetry

By Kelsey Block The Center for Poetry welcomed writers and teachers Rick Mulkey and Susan Tekulve for round two of the Fall Writing Series. Mulkey is the author of five collections of poetry and Tekulve is a short story writer and the author of the novel, In the Garden of Stone. Currently, Mulkey and TekulveContinue reading “Writing pair visits Center for Poetry”

Poetry Potluck: French Toast Amandine

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 why theyContinue reading “Poetry Potluck: French Toast Amandine”

Poem of the Week: “Gone From My Sight” by Henry van Dyke

Gone From My Sight Henry van Dyke I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of whiteContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Gone From My Sight” by Henry van Dyke”

Canadian poet grants Center for Poetry endowment

by Kelsey Block Last week, the RCAH Center for Poetry was proud to host Canadian-born poet George Ellenbogen. Ellenbogen celebrated a $50,000 endowment established in his name along with his late partner, Evelyn Shakir, and Center for Poetry director Anita Skeen. Ellenbogen said he first decided to gift the Center for Poetry with an endowmentContinue reading “Canadian poet grants Center for Poetry endowment”

Poem of the Week: “Périgal-Nohor” by Max Jacob

Périgal-Nohor Max Jacob Translated from French by Rosanna Warren My azure sky surged in its market share For my epithalamion two lions bowed And Saint Catherine brandished aloft her blade To trim my hedges of their honey-colored hair— Two castles thickly pinnacled with cones— Crawfish crawled around the turret stones. Nothing else remained in thisContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Périgal-Nohor” by Max Jacob”