Poem of the Week: “The White Poet Wants to Know Why I Don’t Write More Arab Poems,” by Leila Chatti

The White Poet Wants to Know Why I Don’t Write More Arab Poems Because, while a war blooms at the margins of the other country that claims me, still   I am here with my ordinary grief and its language.   Because every time I open my mouth I am an Arab opening my mouthContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The White Poet Wants to Know Why I Don’t Write More Arab Poems,” by Leila Chatti”

AWP 2017: It Takes a Village

In February 2017, the RCAH Center for Poetry staff made the trek to Washington, D.C. for AWP. We thought the trip was worthy of some reflection. Edited 5/8/17 to include additional reflections. Day one: Director Anita Skeen leads the way into the vastness that is the AWP Bookfair. See more snapshots of the adventure on Instagram.   Anita Skeen,Continue reading “AWP 2017: It Takes a Village”

Poem of the week: “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” By Bob Dylan

Johnny’s in the basement, mixing up the medicine I’m on the pavement, thinking about the government The man in the trench coat, badge out, laid off Says he’s got a bad cough, wants to get it paid off Look out kid, it’s somethin’ you did God knows when, but you’re doin’ it again You betterContinue reading “Poem of the week: “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” By Bob Dylan”

Poem of the Week: “Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation,”by Natalie Diaz

Angels don’t come to the reservation. Bats, maybe, or owls, boxy mottled things. Coyotes, too. They all mean the same thing— death. And death eats angels, I guess, because I haven’t seen an angel fly through this valley ever. Gabriel? Never heard of him. Know a guy named Gabe though— he came through here oneContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation,”by Natalie Diaz”

Poem of the Week: Easter, 1916

100 years ago on April 24, an uprising took place against Great Britain’s rule of Ireland. Though the uprising was unsuccessful and many of the prominent Irish leaders involved were executed, the uprising exemplified national pride and revolution. Later that year, poet William Butler Yeats composed “Easter, 1916” describing his conflicted emotions towards the event.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: Easter, 1916”

Annie Balocating Prize for Poetry winner to be announced this week

By Kelsey Block On Wednesday, April 20, the Center for Poetry is hosting poet and MSU alumna Lindsay Tigue as a guest in the annual Spring Poetry Festival. In addition to her reading, Tigue will announce the winner of the 2016 Annie Balocating Undergraduate Prize for Poetry. This has been the contest’s biggest year yet,Continue reading “Annie Balocating Prize for Poetry winner to be announced this week”

Center for Poetry, College of Music host Voicing Poetry II

By Kelsey Block On Tuesday, March 15, the RCAH Center for Poetry and the MSU College of Music hosted the second performance in an ongoing collaboration that pairs the work of composition students with the work of local poets. Voicing Poetry II featured ten performances – almost double from last year – by a numberContinue reading “Center for Poetry, College of Music host Voicing Poetry II”

Folklorists visit Center for Poetry as part of Fall Writing Festival

My heart, my soul, my spirit flies, As I walk with granny one more time… Folklorists Michael and Carrie Nobel Kline joined the RCAH Center for Poetry as part of the annual Fall Writing Series. Throughout the week of October 27, the musicians visited classes, facilitated conversations and gave a performance in the RCAH Theater.Continue reading “Folklorists visit Center for Poetry as part of Fall Writing Festival”

An interview with Leila Chatti, poet and former RCAH student

Poet and RCAH graduate Leila Chatti’s poem, “What Do Arabs Think of Ghosts” was recently selected by Tracy K. Smith to appear in the annual anthology, Best New Poets. RCAH Center for Poetry intern Kelsey Block interviewed Chatti, who now lives in France, via email about the upcoming anthology: KB: What first interested you inContinue reading “An interview with Leila Chatti, poet and former RCAH student”

Renowned poet, activist, and MSU alumna Carolyn Forché returns to campus

By Kelsey Block The Residential College in the Arts and Humanities Center for Poetry was proud to welcome Michigan State University alumna and poet Carolyn Forché to campus on April 22 and 23. Forché joined the Center as a part of its annual Spring Poetry Festival, which is held in conjunction with National Poetry MonthContinue reading “Renowned poet, activist, and MSU alumna Carolyn Forché returns to campus”