Posted in community outreach, news

2015 Book Sale a Success

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Thursday, September 17, the RCAH Center for Poetry hosted our annual used book sale. The sale brought in more than $1,300, which will help us to continue to bring in poets, performers and writers throughout the year. Many thanks to everyone who came out to the sale!

P.S. If you’d like to donate books for next year’s sale, please contact our assistant director Laurie Hollinger at Donations are tax deductible.

Posted in poem of the week

Poem of the Week: Keeping Quiet, by Pablo Neruda


Keeping Quiet

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.
For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second
and not move our arms so much.
It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.
Fishermen in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would look at his hurt hands.
Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.
What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.
If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.
Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

Pablo Neruda

Source: Translated by Alistair Reid in Extravagaria

Posted in Fall Writing Series, news, visiting writers

Center for Poetry Fall 2015 Events – Save the Date!

Welcome back, poetry people! The RCAH Center for Poetry is excited to be up and running again, led by our new assistant director, Laurie Hollinger. Laurie graduated from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Arts and Humanities and Creative Writing.

Also new to our team are interns Frances Master and Grace Carras. Frances is a freshman studying Arts and Humanities. Grace is a sophomore studying Arts and Humanities, English, and creative writing.

Sarah Teppen and Kelsey Block are our returning interns this year. Sarah is a junior studying Arts and Humanities, Anthropology, sustainability, and several languages. Kelsey is a senior studying Arts and Humanities and Journalism.

Take a minute to glance through some of our biggest Fall 2015 events, and be sure to keep an eye out for our bi-weekly newsletter!

September 17
Annual Book Sale
9 am – 5 pm, Farm Lane & N. Shaw lawn

September 30 or October 14
Fall Poetry Chalking
11 am – 2 pm, River Trail behind Shaw Hall

October 21
Fall Writing Series: Cindy Hunter Morgan (Poetry)
Conversation: Levity and Gravity: How Humor Serves Solemnity in Contemporary Poetry 3 pm, LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall
Reading: 7 pm, RCAH Theater

October 27-28
Fall Writing Series: Michael and Carrie Kline (Appalachian Music and Folklore)
Tuesday, Oct. 27: Conversation 3 pm, LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall
Wednesday, Oct. 28: Reading: 7 pm, RCAH Theater

November 11
Fall Writing Series: Marvin and Nathan Bell (Poetry and Folk Music), co-
sponsored by the MSU “Our Daily Work/Our Daily Lives” Program
Conversation 3 pm, LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall
Reading and Benvenuto Prize Winner announcement/reading: 7 pm, RCAH Theater

November 18
Fall Writing Series: Simeon Berry
Conversation 3 pm,LookOut! Gallery, Snyder Hall
Reading: 7 pm, RCAH Theater