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Rita Dove & Creative Writing at Knox College

May 23, 2017
Casey Mendoza

Poetry filled Knox College's Seymour Library as Pulitzer Prize winning writer and former U.S. Poet Laureate Rita Dove delivered a reading to a packed house. Some students, faculty, and alumni resorted to sitting on the floor or standing in the back to see the prolific poet.

April is National Poetry Month. When I talk with my students about poetry—writing poetry, teaching poetry—most of them shudder. They have an immense fear of poetry. It is intimidating.

Cultural Expressions – Hear My Voice

Mar 29, 2017

In a college community the concept of student run organizations has been very beneficial, and has provided students with an outlet to take on leadership roles while being involved in things they love. For me this is true with my role as the president of Cultural Expressions, also known as CE, which has helped my love for poetry to grow greatly. 

Rich Egger

The day after the most recent round of bad news, I woke, mournful, and palmed my cup of coffee in silence.  I read Mary Oliver’s "Mindful," a poem that of late I have found to be of comfort. 

Sandburg Statue’s Temporary Home

May 1, 2014
Wikipedia

The nine-foot tall statue of Galesburg native Carl Sandburg is not yet installed at its final site in Galesburg.  But it can still be seen by the public.

Why Poetry Matters

Apr 14, 2014
Curtis Bisbee

Last month, on the drive home from school, my daughter recited a haiku entitled “Cruelty”:

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 affected Americans in many different ways. For poet John Mann, it completely changed the focus of his writing.

“My previous work, I basically wrote nature poems. They were fine. I like them. But looking back on that pre-9/11 work, it strikes me as fairly conventional,” Mann said.

“These new poems had a greater intensity for me and were more firmly engaged with history and the political process and the things we were going through.”