Poem of the Week: Broom, by Jim Harrison

This week’s poem of the week is in memory of Michigan’s own Jim Harrison, who died this past weekend at the age of 78. Broom To remember you’re alive visit the cemetery of your father at noon after you’ve made love and are still wrapped in a mammalian odor that you are forced to cherish. UnderContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Broom, by Jim Harrison”

Poem of the Week: “The First Book,” by Rita Dove

  The First Book ~ by Rita Dove   Open it.   Go ahead, it won’t bite. Well…maybe a little.   More a nip, like. A tingle. It’s pleasurable, really.   You see, it keeps on opening. You may fall in.   Sure, it’s hard to get started; remember learning to use   knife and fork?Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “The First Book,” by Rita Dove”

Poem of the Week: “Lilacs from the Field of Mars,” by Maureen Boyle

Lilacs from the Field of Mars Maureen Boyle Bringing armfuls of lilacs from the Field of Mars blushing girls hide them under cotton skirts, stiffening petticoats like the dancers’ horsehair net bought by the shimmering bolt they have seen carried to the costumier’s in the neighbouring street. Once in place they must brave the babushkasContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Lilacs from the Field of Mars,” by Maureen Boyle”

Center for Poetry, College of Music host Voicing Poetry II

By Kelsey Block On Tuesday, March 15, the RCAH Center for Poetry and the MSU College of Music hosted the second performance in an ongoing collaboration that pairs the work of composition students with the work of local poets. Voicing Poetry II featured ten performances – almost double from last year – by a numberContinue reading “Center for Poetry, College of Music host Voicing Poetry II”

Center for Poetry plans to build Little Free Library

By: Alexis Stark This spring, the Center for Poetry is constructing a Little Free Library to be installed in East Lansing and filled with wonderful books of poetry. The Little Free Library Organization established its roots in 2009, when Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin built a small wooden schoolhouse on a post and put itContinue reading “Center for Poetry plans to build Little Free Library”

Renowned Translator and nye musician bring new perspectives to annual Translation Conversation 

By Kelsey Block On Monday, February 22, Director of Arabic studies at DePaul University Nesreen Akhtarkhavari visited the RCAH Center for Poetry to join in the Translation Conversation. The Translation Conversation focused on the work Akhtarkhavari translated, titled Desert Sorrows: Poems on Love and Politics by Tayseer Al-Sboul. Akhtarkhavari’s reading and talk was accompanied byContinue reading “Renowned Translator and nye musician bring new perspectives to annual Translation Conversation “