Poem of the Week: “Equinox,” by Elizabeth Alexander

Equinox Now is the time of year when bees are wild  and eccentric. They fly fast and in cramped  loop-de-loops, dive-bomb clusters of conversants  in the bright, late-September out-of-doors.  I have found their dried husks in my clothes.  They are dervishes because they are dying,  one last sting, a warm place to squeeze  a dropContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Equinox,” by Elizabeth Alexander”

“Fall”ing in love with poetry

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Welcome back readers, writers, lovers of poetry and all those in between. The Center for Poetry is back with a fully loaded calendar this fall semester. Check out our “Calendar of Events” page for more information on dates, placesContinue reading ““Fall”ing in love with poetry”

Poem of the Week: “Slowly,” by Denise Levertov

Slowly ~Denise Levertov   Spirit has been alone of late. Built a house of fallen leaves among exposed tree-roots. Plans dreamily to fetch water   from a stone well. Sleeps hungrily. Waking, is mute, listening. Spirit doesn’t know what the sound will be, song or cry. Perhaps   one word. Holds at heart a redContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Slowly,” by Denise Levertov”

Poem of the Week: Last Hill in a Vista

Last Hill in a Vista by Louise Bogan Come, let us tell the weeds in ditches How we are poor, who once had riches, And lie out in the sparse and sodden Pastures that the cows have trodden, The while an autumn night seals down The comforts of the wooden town. Come, let us counselContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Last Hill in a Vista”

2015 Book Sale a Success

Thursday, September 17, the RCAH Center for Poetry hosted our annual used book sale. The sale brought in more than $1,300, which will help us to continue to bring in poets, performers and writers throughout the year. Many thanks to everyone who came out to the sale! P.S. If you’d like to donate books for nextContinue reading “2015 Book Sale a Success”

Poetry Potluck: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

Food and poetry have long been a perfect pairing. In this reblog of a section in our newsletter, we share a recipe and poem duo to feed all the senses. To submit your own pairing, e-mail cpoetry@msu.edu with the subject line “Poetry Potluck Submission” and include the recipe, poem, and a brief introduction as to whyContinue reading “Poetry Potluck: Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal”

Poem of the Week: “After Apple Picking” by Robert Frost

My long two-pointed ladder’s sticking through a treeToward heaven still,And there’s a barrel that I didn’t fillBeside it, and there may be two or threeApples I didn’t pick upon some bough.But I am done with apple-picking now.Essence of winter sleep is on the night,The scent of apples: I am drowsing off.I cannot rub the strangenessContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “After Apple Picking” by Robert Frost”

Poem of the Week: “Now it is fall” by Edith Södergran

Poem of the Week: “Now it is fall,” by Edith Södergran Now it is fall by Edith Södergran Translated from the Swedish by Averill Curdy when all the golden birds fly home across the blue deep water; On shore I sit rapt in its scattering glitter; departure rustles through the trees. This farewell is vastContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Now it is fall” by Edith Södergran”