Poem of the Week: Easter, 1916

100 years ago on April 24, an uprising took place against Great Britain’s rule of Ireland. Though the uprising was unsuccessful and many of the prominent Irish leaders involved were executed, the uprising exemplified national pride and revolution. Later that year, poet William Butler Yeats composed “Easter, 1916” describing his conflicted emotions towards the event.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: Easter, 1916”

Poem of the Week: “From: To: ” by Robin Coste Lewis

                                   From:                                    To:   At last, a dark murderous lunatic to whom they are allowed to respond. Here, no one expects themContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “From: To: ” by Robin Coste Lewis”

Annie Balocating Prize for Poetry winner to be announced this week

By Kelsey Block On Wednesday, April 20, the Center for Poetry is hosting poet and MSU alumna Lindsay Tigue as a guest in the annual Spring Poetry Festival. In addition to her reading, Tigue will announce the winner of the 2016 Annie Balocating Undergraduate Prize for Poetry. This has been the contest’s biggest year yet,Continue reading “Annie Balocating Prize for Poetry winner to be announced this week”

RCAH Center for Poetry, Lansing Poetry Club making the bid for Michigan Poet Laureate

By Kelsey Block “Poetry is a life-cherishing force. For poems are not words, after all, but fires for the cold, ropes let down to the lost, something as necessary as bread in the pockets of the hungry.” –Mary Oliver On Thursday, March 31, the Historical Society of Greater Lansing hosted “Michigan, My Michigan,” a celebrationContinue reading “RCAH Center for Poetry, Lansing Poetry Club making the bid for Michigan Poet Laureate”

Poem of the Week: How You Might Approach A Foal

like a lagoon, like a canoe, like you are part earth and part moon, like deja vu, like you had never been to the outer brink or the inner Louvre, like hay, like air, like your mother just this morning had combed a dream into your hair, like you had never heard a sermon orContinue reading “Poem of the Week: How You Might Approach A Foal”

Poem of the Week: Eating Walnuts

The old man eating walnuts knows the trick: you do it wrong for many years, applying pressure to the seams, to split the shell along its hemispheres. It seems so clear and easy. There’s the line. You follow the instructions, then your snack ends up quite pulverized. You sweep your lap, and mutter, try again.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: Eating Walnuts”