Rhode Island

In 2016 Rhode Island appointed Tina Cane state poet laureate. The founder and director of Writers-in-the-Schools, RI, Cane is the author of The Fifth Thought (Other Painters Press, 2008).

upcoming events

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Apr 10 2017
Rosalynde Vas Dias Poetry Reading, Book Signing, and Q&A

Come join the RWU English & Creative Writing Department for National Poetry Month 2017! See poet Rosalynde Vas Dias read from her latest book, "Only Blue Body," ask questions, and have your copy signed. Copies of her book will be available for purchase on the day of the event. Coffee and refreshments will be served!

5:00pm to 6:30pm
One Old Ferry Road
02809-2921 Bristol, Rhode Island

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Like the Beatles arriving from Britain,
the egret's descent on the pond
takes the reeds and visitors by storm:
it is a reconstructed marsh
environment, the next
best thing to living out your wild life.


Footbridges love the past.
And like the Roman questioner who learned
"the whole of the


A hope of leaves and hollows,
a breaking nest, a crest of granite
and unquarried moss. It’s soft
wintering a shade between green
and gray. The hope of colors for
which there is no word develops and
then fades. Uncaptured and un-impressed
in a kind of precision in

Here at the seashore they use the clouds over & over
again, like the rented animals in Aïda.
In the late morning the land breeze
turns and now the extras are driving
all the white elephants the other way.
What language are the children shouting in?
He is lying on the beach listening.

The sand knocks