Poem of the Week: “New Year’s Day” by Kim Addonizio

Happy New Year! New Year’s Day The rain this morning falls   on the last of the snow and will wash it away. I can smell   the grass again, and the torn leaves being eased down into the mud.   The few loves I’ve been allowed to keep are still sleepingon the West Coast. Here in Virginia I walk acrossContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “New Year’s Day” by Kim Addonizio”

Poem of the Week: “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” by Robert Frost

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening Whose woods these are I think I know.   His house is in the village though;   He will not see me stopping here   To watch his woods fill up with snow.    My little horse must think it queer   To stop without a farmhouse near   Between the woods and frozen lake   The darkest evening of theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” by Robert Frost”

Poem of the Week: “Wife” by Ada Limón

This week’s poem was chosen by Assistant to the Director, Estee Schlenner. “When I first read this poem it stayed with me for a long time after. The way Limón writes so honestly about marriage is admirable, and the ending is just stunning.” Wife I’m not yet comfortable with the word, its short clean wooshContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Wife” by Ada Limón”

Poem of the Week: “Gratitude” by Jon Davis

Founding Director of the Center for Poetry, Anita Skeen, chose this poem. “I came across this poem two days before Thanksgiving when I was thinking about all of the things I am grateful for. I loved it, which is not a critical response, but an emotional one.  And then I thought how grateful I amContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Gratitude” by Jon Davis”

Poem of the Week: “Winter” by Billy Collins

Assistant to the Director, Estee Schlenner, chose this week’s poem, here’s what she had to say: “I love this poem for its simplicity. Winter can feel very long, and sometimes lonely, but there’s also simple and cozy moments that make it feel very special. These moments are perfectly illustrated in this poem.” Winter A littleContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Winter” by Billy Collins”

Poem of the Week: “This Morning I Pray for My Enemies” by Joy Harjo

November is National Native American Heritage Month, so we chose this poem by Joy Harjo, the first Native American United States Poet Laureate. Harjo is a member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation. This Morning I Pray for My Enemies And whom do I call my enemy?An enemy must be worthy of engagement.I turn in the directionContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “This Morning I Pray for My Enemies” by Joy Harjo”

Poem of the Week: “Driving,” by Jenny Linn Loveland

Acting director Laurie Hollinger on her choice for this week’s poem: “In observance of Veterans Day, I sought out poems by those who served. Here is a poem by Jenny Linn Loveland. Born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in an Air Force family, Loveland grew up in Fairfield, CA near Travis Air Force Base. CommissionedContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Driving,” by Jenny Linn Loveland”

Poem of the Week: “Backfires” by Fleda Brown

Join us Wednesday, November 6 as Fleda Brown closes out our Fall Writing Series. Backfires The woods are on fire. The woods are seething and blistering. Matisse, stuck in his wheelchair, is scissoring shapes, directing his assistant to pin them to a board. Beethoven is solving musical problems inside the soundless chamber of his head.Continue reading “Poem of the Week: “Backfires” by Fleda Brown”

Defining Commonality: A Handmade Dictionary

A review by RCAH Center for Poetry founding director Anita Skeen On Thursday evening, October 10, 2019, as I was on my way to teach in the annual Fall Writing Festival at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, NM, I stopped in Oklahoma City to visit with poet Jane Taylor, a longtime friend and fellow Ghost RanchContinue reading “Defining Commonality: A Handmade Dictionary”

Poem of the Week: “Song of the Witches: ‘Double, double toil and trouble’ by William Shakespeare

Center for Poetry intern Charlotte Krause chose this week’s poem. Here’s what she had to say: “I chose this poem because I think it is a super fun and iconic poem for fall and especially Halloween. Shakespeare plays a huge part in how we think about witches today, and I think that this specific poemContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Song of the Witches: ‘Double, double toil and trouble’ by William Shakespeare”