Poem of the Week: “Tunnel Music” by Mark Doty

Times Square, the shuttle’s quick chrome flies open and the whole car floods with– what is it? Infernal industry, the tunnels under Manhattan broken into hell at last? Guttural churr and whistle and grind of the engines that spin the poles? Enormous racket, ungodly. What it is is percussion: nine black guys with nine lovely,Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “Tunnel Music” by Mark Doty”

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”

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”

Father and son duo Marvin and Nathan Bell visit Center for Poetry

By Kelsey Block Poet Marvin Bell and songwriter Nathan Bell joined the RCAH Center for Poetry on November 11 as guests in our annual Fall Writing Series. Marvin Bell served two terms as the state of Iowa’s first poet laureate. His son, Nathan Bell is a singer and songwriter. Click here to listen to theContinue reading “Father and son duo Marvin and Nathan Bell visit Center for Poetry”

Valentine’s Murder Ballads

In light of our Valentine’s Murder Ballad workshop this past Monday, here are three songs written by our poets-turned-musicians! “Oh, Matthew, Please” (to the tune of Matty Groves) by Taylor Carver, Linnea Jimison, and Anita Skeen One fair autumn morn as the sun beat down I walked the dusty road to the far side of town.Continue reading “Valentine’s Murder Ballads”

Valentine’s Murder Ballad Workshop

Valentine’s Murder Ballad Workshop, a set on Flickr. This past Monday, RCAH alums Emily Nott and Linnea Jimison, both of the Lansing-based band The Bard Owls, led a workshop on the evolution of the murder ballad and helped participants create their own gruesome ballad, just in time for Valentine’s Day! It was the first musicalContinue reading “Valentine’s Murder Ballad Workshop”