Public Poetry Announcement

Public Poetry Announcement: Irene McKinney

Nov 25, 2015

During tough times in your life, it’s helpful to keep a little bit of silliness around to cheer you up. This week’s Public Poetry Announcement is a good option for that.

MSU Center for Poetry Director Anita Skeen reads “Frivolous” by Irene McKinney.

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

Public Poetry Announcement: Mary Oliver

Nov 2, 2015
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Today's Public Poetry Announcement is inspired by the arrival of autumn.


Public Poetry Announcement: Karl Shapiro

Sep 29, 2015
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Today's Public Poetry Announcement is "The Humanities Building" by Karl Shapiro.


Public Poetry Announcement: Billy Collins

Sep 23, 2015
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We all respond to poetry in our own way. Some people like to pick poems apart to find their meaning, and others simply want to experience them. Current State's Public Poetry Announcement this week is a look at those different approaches to poems.

Here is MSU Center for Poetry Director Anita Skeen reading “Introduction to Poetry,” by Billy Collins.


Public Poetry Announcement: Nancy Willard

Sep 8, 2015
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Yesterday marked the unofficial last day of summer. As we head into fall, farmers markets will soon be switching out their berries and peaches for apples and pumpkins. Our Public Poetry Announcement this week is an ode to those last sweet peaches of summer.

MSU Center for Poetry Director Anita Skeen reads “The Exodus of Peaches” by Nancy Willard.


Public Poetry Announcement: Jane Kenyon

Aug 24, 2015
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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.


Public Poetry Announcement: Richard Wilbur

Jul 13, 2015
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Anita Skeens reads “Blackberries for Amelia” by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Richard Wilbur.


Public Poetry Announcement: Robert Gibb

Jul 9, 2015
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Current State's latest Public Poetry Announcement with Anita Skeen, Director of the Center for Poetry at MSU.


Public Poetry Announcement: Anacreon

May 21, 2015
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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.

Public Poetry Announcement: Lin Yutang

May 20, 2015
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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.  

Public Poetry Announcement: T.S. Eliot

Apr 29, 2015

April is National Poetry Month, and before we get to the tulips and sunny days of May, we wanted to take some time to listen to one of the most famous poems about this month. Here is Director of the Michigan State University Center for Poetry Anita Skeen reading an excerpt from “The Wasteland” by T.S. Eliot.

Public Poetry Announcement: Billy Collins

Apr 13, 2015
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April is poetry month and it seemed like the perfect time to bring back our occasional series of Public Poetry Announcements. In keeping with the weather, we have a spring themed poem.

Public Poetry Announcement: Marion McCready

Jul 17, 2014
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It’s been awhile since we’ve paused for a Public Poetry Announcement here on Current State. With this polar vortex making the nights feel more like autumn, contributor Stephanie Glazier has a timely poem from Marion McCready to remind us that it is still, indeed, summertime. 

Public Poetry Announcement: Jane Kenyon

Apr 2, 2014
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Current State contributor Stephanie Glazier reads "At the IGA: Franklin, New Hampshire", by Jane Kenyon.

Public Poetry Announcement: Ana Castillo

Feb 14, 2014
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For this Valentine's Day, Current State contributor Stephanie Glazier offers Ana Castillo's "I Ask the Impossible." 

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