Poem of the Week: “My Wisdom” by Naomi Shihab Nye

My Wisdom When people have a lotthey want more When people have nothingthey will happily share it * Some people saynever getting your waybuilds characterBy now our character must bedeep and wide as a continentAfrica, Australiagiant cascade of starsspilling over our huge night * Where did the power go?Did it enjoy its break?Is power exhausted?WhatContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “My Wisdom” by Naomi Shihab Nye”

Poem of the Week: “The Rider”

This poem was chosen by Acting Director of the Center for Poetry, Laurie Hollinger. She was reminded of the new bike lane outside of Snyder Hall at MSU. This poem is also a brief study on loneliness. Loneliness is an isolating feeling, while simultaneously being a feeling shared by many. The Rider By Naomi ShihabContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “The Rider””

Poem of the Week: “Burning the Old Year,” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Center for Poetry intern, Amy Potchen, tells us why she chose this poem: “This poem only seems fitting for the beginning of the year. It serves as a reminder that a new year brings new beginnings. I enjoy the artful thought of being able to burn monotonous parts of the old year.” Burning the OldContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Burning the Old Year,” by Naomi Shihab Nye”

Poem of the Week: “What Changes” by Naomi Shihab Nye

  What Changes Naomi Shihab Nye   My father’s hopes travel with me years after he died. Someday we will learn how to live.  All of us surviving without violence never stop dreaming how to cure it. What changes? Crossing a small street in Doha Souk, nut shops shuttered, a handkerchief lies crumpled in theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “What Changes” by Naomi Shihab Nye”

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: “Olive Jar,” by Naomi Shihab Nye

Olive Jar   By Naomi Shihab Nye In the corner of every Arab kitchen, an enormous plastic container of olives is waiting for another meal. Green tight-skinned olives, planets with slightly pointed ends— after breakfast, lunch, each plate hosts a pyramid of pits in one corner. Hands cross in the center of the table overContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Olive Jar,” by Naomi Shihab Nye”