Public Poetry Announcement: Karl Shapiro

Sep 29, 2015

Today's Public Poetry Announcement is "The Humanities Building" by Karl Shapiro.


The Humanities Building at U.C. Davis inspired Karl Shapiro's poem.
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The world of academia can be serious and sometimes even stuffy. University of California Davis professor Karl Shapiro was known for expressing irreverence toward that stuffiness in his poems. Our public poetry announcement this week is one of Shapiro’s poems that was inspired by Sproul Hall, where the English department at U.C. Davis was housed.

MSU Center for Poetry Director Anita Skeen reads “The Humanities Building,” by Karl Shapiro.

Our Public Poetry Announcements are produced in partnership with the MSU Center for Poetry.