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”

Poem of the Week: Not Forgotten, by Toi Derricotte

We hope you’ll join us this week for a workshop with Toi Derricotte at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, and a reading at 7 p.m. the same day. Visit here for details.   BY TOI DERRICOTTE   I love the way the black ants use their dead. They carry them off like warriors on their steelContinue reading “Poem of the Week: Not Forgotten, by Toi Derricotte”

Poem of the Week: The Future is an Animal, by Tina Chang

  The Future is an Animal   In every kind of dream I am a black wolf careening through a web. I am the spider who eats the wolf and inhabits the wolf’s body. In another dream I marry the wolf and then am very lonely. I seek my name and they name me LuckyContinue reading “Poem of the Week: The Future is an Animal, by Tina Chang”

Spring Poetry Festival Lineup Announced

The Center for Poetry has confirmed the spectacular lineup of poets for the 2017 Spring Poetry Festival. Funded in part by the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, three poets known world wide will be visiting campus for afternoon conversations and evening performances during the month of April. Tina Chang, born in New YorkContinue reading “Spring Poetry Festival Lineup Announced”

Center for Poetry intern wins poetry prize

By Kelsey Block Visiting writer Sofia Starnes, the poet laureate of Virginia, announced at her reading last night that RCAH Center for Poetry intern Jenny Crakes won this year’s Annie Balocating Poetry Prize. Crakes said she was both surprised and excited to have won the $500 award. “The poem was about a road trip thatContinue reading “Center for Poetry intern wins poetry prize”