Grand Rapids poet joins Center for Poetry for writing workshop

By Kelsey Block “Even if there was a tornado outside, nothing could keep me from sharing the work of Lisel Mueller.” Linda Nemec Foster, Grand Rapids poet, joined the Center for Poetry during the annual Read a Poet, Write a Poem workshop. Foster studied under German-born Poet Lisel Mueller as a master’s student at GoddardContinue reading “Grand Rapids poet joins Center for Poetry for writing workshop”

Poem of the Week: “Belle Isle, 1949” by Philip Levine

Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine recently passed away. Born and raised in Detroit, much of his work centers around the reality of blue-collar work and workers, and he was dedicated to “find[ing] a voice for the voiceless.” Today, we celebrate this exemplary Michigan poet and present “Belle Isle, 1949” as ourContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Belle Isle, 1949” by Philip Levine”

MSU Composition project “Voicing Poetry” featured on local NPR

Originally posted on Music at Mt. Parnassus:
Philip Rice (center) and Cindy Hunter Morgan (right), with Current State host Mark BashoreCredit Scott Pohl/WKAR Current State host Mark Bashore talks with two of the artists who worked on the project. Philip Rice is a student in composition at MSU, and Cindy Hunter Morgan is a local…

Poetry Potluck: Easy Veggie Balls with Mushrooms and Carrots

Food and poetry have long been a perfect pairing. In this section of our newsletter, 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 isContinue reading “Poetry Potluck: Easy Veggie Balls with Mushrooms and Carrots”

Poem of the Week: “There is no Frigate like a Book (1286)” By Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll – How frugal is the Chariot That bears the Human Soul – Courtesy of the Poetry Foundation

Center for Poetry Director Anita Skeen honored with William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

By Kelsey Block A smiling face beneath a rabbit-eared winter hat greets those who are curious enough to wander down to the office of Anita Skeen – animal lover, sports enthusiast, scholar, teacher, mentor and poet. “She wears a lot of hats, and she does it with grace and humor. She takes it all inContinue reading “Center for Poetry Director Anita Skeen honored with William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award”

Poem of the Week: “Winter Morning” by Anita Skeen

Cold as the lip on the metal milk can just come from the ice house and the ladle dips down into the frosty pool sloshing and splashing from overfill, dripping a white river onto bleached August grass where it puddles then recedes underground as I cup the dipper’s bowl in both hands, tip it upContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Winter Morning” by Anita Skeen”