Poem of the Week: “Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond”

Center for Poetry intern, Amy Potchen, explains her choice of poem: ” A friend showed me this poem last week and I have been in love with it even since. I love the imagery of the rose and the different ways that it is used in this poem. The first flowers of the spring timeContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond””

Poem of the Week: excerpt from “Perihelion: A History of Touch”

  The following poem is an excerpt from the poem “Perihelion: A History of Touch.” The excerpts below are the third and fourth stanzas out of twelve in the poem. This poem is from the book Soft Science (Alice James Books, 2019) by Franny Choi. The original version of this poem is double justified butContinue reading “Poem of the Week: excerpt from “Perihelion: A History of Touch””

Poem of the Week: “Blind Boone’s Pianola Blues,” by Tyehimba Jess

RCAH Center for Poetry intern Amy Potchen discusses this poem: “I love the way Jess uses imagery in this poem. I feel like I’m there with the person playing the piano. This is a poem from Jess’s Pulitzer Prize winning book “Olio.” This Wednesday, April 10th, listen to Jess read his work in the RCAHContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Blind Boone’s Pianola Blues,” by Tyehimba Jess”

Poem of the Week: “Hammond B3 Organ Cistern,” by Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Amy Potchen, Center for Poetry Intern, discusses this poem: “The poet is able to express a dark topic in such a poetic way. Interns in the Center have recently transformed this poem into a letter-pressed broadside to give out at Calvocoressi’s reading.  Get your broadside on Wednesday April 3rd at 7:00 in the Snyder-Phillips basement theaterContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Hammond B3 Organ Cistern,” by Gabrielle Calvocoressi”