Poem of the Week: “Ice Music” by Terry Blackhawk

Detroit-based poet Terry Blackhawk will join the Center for Poetry for a reading and talk on April 15th as part of our Spring Poetry Festival. You can read more about her visit on our website. “Ice Music” by Terry Blackhawk ice melt ice lace ice breaking up upstream coming down from up north in variegatedContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Ice Music” by Terry Blackhawk”

Poem of the Week: “Belle Isle, 1949” by Philip Levine

Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Levine recently passed away. Born and raised in Detroit, much of his work centers around the reality of blue-collar work and workers, and he was dedicated to “find[ing] a voice for the voiceless.” Today, we celebrate this exemplary Michigan poet and present “Belle Isle, 1949” as ourContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Belle Isle, 1949” by Philip Levine”

Detroit Poet Jamaal May visits East Lansing

Last week, the RCAH Center for Poetry in collaboration with the MSU English Department was proud to host a reading by Detroit poet Jamaal May. May’s first book of poetry, Hum, was published in 2013 and won the Beatrice Hawley Award. May said he first got interested in poetry while recording a hip hop album.Continue reading “Detroit Poet Jamaal May visits East Lansing”