Poem of the Week: “Mothers” by Nikki Giovanni

the last time i was home to see my mother we kissed exchanged pleasantries and unpleasantries pulled a warm comforting silence around us and read separate books   i remember the first time i consciously saw her we were living in a three room apartment on burns avenue   mommy always sat in the darkContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Mothers” by Nikki Giovanni”

Poem of the Week: Marrying the Hangman by Margaret Atwood

Ligeia, from Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name. Both poems focus heavily on themes of marriage, bondage, death, and sinister new life. | Illustration by Harry Clarke, 1919. “Marrying the Hangman” She has been condemned to death by hanging. A man may escape this death by becoming the hangman, a woman by marrying the hangman.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: Marrying the Hangman by Margaret Atwood”

New Year, New Events!

If you’re searching for warmth and comfort during these cold winter months, seek shelter at one of The Center for Poetry’s many 2018 Spring events. Our monthly Haiku Study Group begins Saturday, January 20th and the annual Festival of Listening is on Thursday, February 22nd. The Spring Poetry Festival kicks off with Cheryl Clarke onContinue reading “New Year, New Events!”

Poem of the Week: Burning the Old Year by Naomi Shihab Nye

  Burning the Old Year Letters swallow themselves in seconds. Notes friends tied to the doorknob, transparent scarlet paper, sizzle like moth wings, marry the air. So much of any year is flammable, lists of vegetables, partial poems. Orange swirling flame of days, so little is a stone. Where there was something and suddenly isn’t,Continue reading “Poem of the Week: Burning the Old Year by Naomi Shihab Nye”