Public Poetry Announcement

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The days are getting shorter and soon we’ll be trading in our swimsuits for sweaters. So, we thought a poem about endings would be appropriate for a Public Poetry Announcement at the end of summer. Anita Skeen, Director of MSU’s Center for Poetry, reads “Otherwise” by Jane Kenyon.


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Anita Skeens reads “Blackberries for Amelia” by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Richard Wilbur.


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Current State's latest Public Poetry Announcement with Anita Skeen, Director of the Center for Poetry at MSU.


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May is Older Americans Month and we’ve been featuring the voices of some of Michigan’s senior citizens. Today, we get a perspective on aging from the Greek lyric poet Anacreon, who was born around 582 B.C.

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May is Older Americans Month and we’ve been featuring the voices of some of Michigan’s senior citizens. Today, we get some wisdom on aging in the form of poetry.

 Here is Lansing poet Ruelaine Stokes reading an unnamed poem by the Chinese writer Lin Yutang.  Current State's Public Poetry Announcements are produced in collaboration with the Center for Poetry at Michigan State University.  

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