Poem of the Week: “Beginners” by Denise Levertov

“From too much love of living, Hope and desire set free, Even the weariest river Winds somewhere to the sea—” But we have only begun To love the earth. We have only begun To imagine the fullness of life. How could we tire of hope? — so much is in bud. How can desire fail?Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “Beginners” by Denise Levertov”

Father and son duo Marvin and Nathan Bell visit Center for Poetry

By Kelsey Block Poet Marvin Bell and songwriter Nathan Bell joined the RCAH Center for Poetry on November 11 as guests in our annual Fall Writing Series. Marvin Bell served two terms as the state of Iowa’s first poet laureate. His son, Nathan Bell is a singer and songwriter. Click here to listen to theContinue reading “Father and son duo Marvin and Nathan Bell visit Center for Poetry”

Poem of the Week: from “Ampersand Revisited,” by Simeon Berry

II. I’d like to walk again in her weather, in the dark through the fog, its gray damage laid down all over town. When she couldn’t bring herself to get up from the bed, Belinda would say it was like being the most stylish drowned person in the whole universe. It was the only likenessContinue reading “Poem of the Week: from “Ampersand Revisited,” by Simeon Berry”

Poem of the Week: “Yes” by Marvin Bell

We need to think of what might grow in the field from our ashes, from the rot of our remains, from tillage and spoilage, from the watery corn plowed under. We need to picture lilies of the valley and the hard weeds on the mountain haloed by clouds, and the minutest beads of water asContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Yes” by Marvin Bell”

2015 Richard Benvenuto High School Poetry Competition Winners

Each fall, the RCAH Center for Poetry holds the Richard Benvenuto High School Poetry Competition, cosponsored by the Mid-Michigan chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. Richard Ercole Benvenuto taught in the English Department at Michigan State University for 20 years. From his office in Morrill Hall he conducted grad student seminars andContinue reading “2015 Richard Benvenuto High School Poetry Competition Winners”

Folklorists visit Center for Poetry as part of Fall Writing Festival

My heart, my soul, my spirit flies, As I walk with granny one more time… Folklorists Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline joined the RCAH Center for Poetry as part of the annual Fall Writing Series. Throughout the week of October 27, the musicians visited classes, facilitated conversations and gave a performance in the RCAH Theater.Continue reading “Folklorists visit Center for Poetry as part of Fall Writing Festival”

Poem of the Week: Dear Rage Warrior, by Jane Vincent Taylor

This week, we’re delighted to present a new poem by our friend Jane Vincent Taylor. Dear Rage Warrior Jane Vincent Taylor No, I am not an asshole. Like you, I do have one and I’m fine with it, actually, the way it keeps me going. I am grateful to God you do not have aContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Dear Rage Warrior, by Jane Vincent Taylor”