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Poem of the Week: “Languages” by Carl Sandburg

 

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There are no handles upon a language

Whereby men take hold of it

And mark it with signs for its remembrance.

It is a river, this language,

Once in a thousand years

Breaking a new course

Changing its way to the ocean.

It is mountain effluvia

Moving to valleys

And from nation to nation

Crossing borders and mixing.

Languages die like rivers.

Words wrapped round your tongue today

And broken to shape of thought

Between your teeth and lips speaking

Now and today

Shall be faded hieroglyphics

Ten thousand years from now.

Sing—and singing—remember

Your song dies and changes

And is not here to-morrow

Any more than the wind

Blowing ten thousand years ago.

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“Poetic Justice” is in (and on!) the Air

Listen up!

The Center for Poetry has ventured even further to reach audiences of poetry through its new podcast “Poetic Justice.”

Interns Shannon McGlone and Allison Costello combined their love for radio and discussing poetry and social issues to produce a podcast, online for your listening enjoyment.

In the first episode, the hosts talk to the Director of the Center for Poetry, Anita Skeen about her former teacher and literary icon, Margaret Atwood.

Poetic Justice is produced by the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University. Original music by Shannon McGlone.

New episode available now!

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Poem of the Week: “Recreation” by Audre Lorde

 

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Coming together

it is easier to work

after our bodies

meet

paper and pen

neither care nor profit

whether we write or not

but as your body moves

under my hands

charged and waiting

we cut the leash

you create me against your thighs

hilly with images

moving through our word countries

my body

writes into your flesh

the poem

you make of me.

 

Touching you I catch midnight

as moon fires set in my throat

I love you flesh into blossom

I made you

and take you made

into me.

 

Audre Lorde, “Recreation” from The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde. Copyright © 1997 by Audre Lorde. Reprinted with the permission of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency and W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., http://www.nortonpoets.com.

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Poem of the Week: “I Want To Work in a Hospital” by Cortney Davis

I Want To Work in a Hospital

where it’s okay

to climb into bed with patients

and hold them—

pre-op, before they lose

their legs or breasts, or after,

to tell them

they are still whole.

 

Or post-partum,

when they have just returned

from that strange garden,

or when they are dying,

as if somehow because I stay

they are free to go.

 

I want the daylight

I walk out into

to become the flashlight they carry,

waving it as we go together

into their long night.

 

Poem courtesy of http://www.cortneydavis.com/

Cortney Davis’ Taking Care of Time is the inaugural winner of the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. This book will be available for sale from Michigan State University Press through their website at www.msupress.org and at bookstores in March 2018.

The RCAH Center for Poetry will represent Wheelbarrow Books at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in March 2018, where there will also be copies available.

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Adventures in Linocut Printing

 

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By: Alexis Stark

The Center for Poetry interns celebrated the end of 2017 learning a new form of art: linocuts! 

Thanks to the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH), the Center staff had the opportunity to expand their skills and knowledge of different art forms through the teachings of retired MSU professor and linocut print artist, Laura DeLind.

Over the course of three workshop sessions, they learned the materials, carving, concepts of positive and negative space and how to make ideas come to life. Designs ranged from pictures of pets and family memories to ideas born of pure imagination. 

Director Anita Skeen and Assistant Director Laurie Hollinger also took park in the fun.  
This activity served as a great bonding and learning experience for the whole Poetry Center Staff, and also offered the interns a way to contribute to the design and production of the letterpress broadsides created for the Spring Poetry Festival.

To see more of our art adventures, check out this video, put together by intern S.F. McGlone, who researched the history of linocut printing and documented the process.