Poem of the Week: “Winter” by Billy Collins

Assistant to the Director, Estee Schlenner, chose this week’s poem, here’s what she had to say: “I love this poem for its simplicity. Winter can feel very long, and sometimes lonely, but there’s also simple and cozy moments that make it feel very special. These moments are perfectly illustrated in this poem.” Winter A littleContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Winter” by Billy Collins”

Poem of the Week: “This Morning I Pray for My Enemies” by Joy Harjo

November is National Native American Heritage Month, so we chose this poem by Joy Harjo, the first Native American United States Poet Laureate. Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. This Morning I Pray for My Enemies And whom do I call my enemy?An enemy must be worthy of engagement.I turn in the directionContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “This Morning I Pray for My Enemies” by Joy Harjo”

Poem of the Week: “Driving,” by Jenny Linn Loveland

Acting director Laurie Hollinger on her choice for this week’s poem: “In observance of Veterans Day, I sought out poems by those who served. Here is a poem by Jenny Linn Loveland. Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in an Air Force family, Loveland grew up in Fairfield, CA near Travis Air Force Base. CommissionedContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Driving,” by Jenny Linn Loveland”

Poem of the Week: “Backfires” by Fleda Brown

Join us Wednesday, November 6 as Fleda Brown closes out our Fall Writing Series. Backfires The woods are on fire. The woods are seething and blistering. Matisse, stuck in his wheelchair, is scissoring shapes, directing his assistant to pin them to a board. Beethoven is solving musical problems inside the soundless chamber of his head.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “Backfires” by Fleda Brown”

Defining Commonality: A Handmade Dictionary

A review by RCAH Center for Poetry founding director Anita Skeen On Thursday evening, October 10, 2019, as I was on my way to teach in the annual Fall Writing Festival at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM, I stopped in Oklahoma City to visit with poet Jane Taylor, a longtime friend and fellow Ghost RanchContinue reading “Defining Commonality: A Handmade Dictionary”