Poem of the Week: "Late February" by Ted Kooser

Center for Poetry intern, Kaylee McCarthy, choose this week’s poem. “I chose this poem because we’ve had a warm couple of days, and I think Kooser’s description really captures the facade of spring offered by the end of February. He masterfully conveys how the snow fades to reveal everything hidden in winter. He challenges ourContinue reading “Poem of the Week: "Late February" by Ted Kooser”

Poem of the Week: "We Should Make a Documentary About Spades" by Terrance Hayes

Center for Poetry intern, Jayla Harris-Hardy, chose this week’s poem. “I thought this would be a good poem of the week because it is still Black History Month, and there is so much about this poem in particular that I find somber and uplifting. So much of black media replies to the negatives, which isContinue reading “Poem of the Week: "We Should Make a Documentary About Spades" by Terrance Hayes”

Poem of the Week: "Unrequited Love Song for the Panopticon" by Franny Choi

            This week’s poem was chosen by Center for Poetry intern, Lydia Barron. ” I chose Unrequited Love Song for the Panopticon by Franny Choi because I like the way it prompts readers to think about their personal and cultural relationship with technology and Choi’s examination of how our relationships with technology mirror our in-personContinue reading “Poem of the Week: "Unrequited Love Song for the Panopticon" by Franny Choi”

Poem of the Week: "Drum Dream Girl" by Margarita Engle

This week’s poem was chosen by Center for Poetry intern, Charlotte Krause. “I chose it because I think we all need a little mid-winter pick-me-up poem and I love this one because of all the beautiful imagery and cultural references!” Drum Dream Girl On an island of music in a city of drumbeats the drumContinue reading “Poem of the Week: "Drum Dream Girl" by Margarita Engle”

Poem of the Week: "how to say" by Safia Elhillo

This week’s poem was chosen by Center for Poetry intern, Lydia Barron. “I chose the ghazal how to say by Safia Elhillo because first and foremost it’s a great plug for the ghazal writing workshop being lead by Professor Guillermo Delgado tomorrow, January 28th at 7 p.m. in Snyder C303! Last week we talked aboutContinue reading “Poem of the Week: "how to say" by Safia Elhillo”

Poem of the Week: "Ghazal" by Tracy K. Smith

Acting director Laurie Hollinger chose this poem as a powerful example of how the ghazal form can be used to make a point. Here, previous Center guest and former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith chose “our name” as the radif (repeated phrase at the end of each couplet), ending with a haunting chant forContinue reading “Poem of the Week: "Ghazal" by Tracy K. Smith”

Poem of the Week: "Cold Poem" by Mary Oliver

Assistant to the Director, Estee Schlenner, chose this week’s poem. “In this poem, Mary Oliver recognizes the difficulties of winter, while also helping the reader see how it is a season of reflection, and that can be very special.” Cold Poem Cold now.Close to the edge. Almostunbearable. Cloudsbunch up and boil downfrom the north ofContinue reading “Poem of the Week: "Cold Poem" by Mary Oliver”

Poem of the Week: "New Year's Day" by Kim Addonizio

Happy New Year! New Year’s Day The rain this morning falls   on the last of the snow and will wash it away. I can smell   the grass again, and the torn leaves being eased down into the mud.   The few loves I’ve been allowed to keep are still sleepingon the West Coast. Here in Virginia I walk acrossContinue reading “Poem of the Week: "New Year's Day" by Kim Addonizio”

Poem of the Week: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," by Robert Frost

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Whose woods these are I think I know.   His house is in the village though;   He will not see me stopping here   To watch his woods fill up with snow.    My little horse must think it queer   To stop without a farmhouse near   Between the woods and frozen lake   The darkest evening of theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," by Robert Frost”

Poem of the Week: “Wife” by Ada Limón

This week’s poem was chosen by Assistant to the Director, Estee Schlenner. “When I first read this poem it stayed with me for a long time after. The way Limón writes so honestly about marriage is admirable, and the ending is just stunning.” Wife I’m not yet comfortable with the word, its short clean wooshContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Wife” by Ada Limón”