Kealing Poetry Project

April is National Poetry Month, a time when we celebrate poetry and recognize how it has shaped American culture. This year, KUT is participating in National Poetry Month by sharing poems written by students in the Blank Page creative writing program at Kealing Middle School. You can read the and listen to the poems here, and you may also listen to the poems read on KUT 90.5 FM throughout the month of April.

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Life & Arts
2:19 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Barstool Poetry Can Turn Anyone Into a Poet

A poem entitled "Bats, Bats, Bats" from "Barstool Poetry: Best of Austin."
Bob Makela

When things get quiet at a bar, many turn to their cell phone as a way to escape that awkward feeling.

Bob Makela hopes to change that with Barstool Poetry.

The idea began at a bar called the San Francisco Saloon in California in 1992. Makela and his roommate were having trouble working up the courage to speak to members of the opposite sex.

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Kealing Poetry
1:28 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Dream

Read by Michael Lee

Thirty minutes left
I scavenge through my house
Grabbing my karaoke machine
All my things
I don’t want them to get wet or float away

Twenty-five minutes left
A messed up pipe
My house will become a swimming pool
Then a memorial site to my family
And a pile of dead rubble
The walls breathe in water

Twenty minutes left
I put on my jacket
The one that I wore when we bought this house
And stuff my pockets with everything
I want to remember living here
I want to bring it all

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Poetry Month
9:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Sticks & Stones & Thunder Storms

Read by Laurie Viault

Your name means Night; mine is Song
Together we used to fit like a puzzle
Once upon a time we grew up happy; you the stars, I the starlight
But I don’t know what happened to make that change

Suddenly the starlight--blotted out like a cloudy moon
All that replaced it was a stormcloud
That flashed with light, yes, but not the same light
It’s now cold and angry--why?

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Poetry Month
8:39 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Video: Austin Notables Read Poetry by Kealing Middle School Students

To commemorate National Poetry Month, we've been airing poems by the students of Kealing Middle School's Blank Page writing program every day this April.

We're pretty proud of the lineup of talented Austinites we got to read those poems, including Patty Griffin, Dana Wheeler-Nicholson, Kathy Valentine, KUT's own John Aielli, and even Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell. Check out a video of our distinguished poetry readers below.

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Poetry Month
11:45 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The World

Read by Jennifer Stayton.

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Poetry Month
4:08 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Human Rights

Read by Shawna Butler

I am a human,
I have human rights as well,
No ignoring me,
There is nothing wrong,
With me being nothing but me,
I am special,
I have the knowledge,
Of who I was, am, and will be,
No one will hurt me,
I can do anything,
I am indestructible,
I’m a fire burning,
I make my own paths,
Push myself to the limit,
Do my best always,
Please look at me,
Notice me for who I am,
I am unique,
I am one of a kind,
For I am me, only me,
A girl with a story.

Poetry Month
4:04 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Bored

Read by Shawna Butler.

Time, time,
Passes by.
Trying to make this poem rhyme,
Same old empty, boring life.

Another simple, starry night:
Crying, laughing, being kind.
I am tired of faking smiles.

Time, time
Passes by.
Tapping dance shoes
In the night,
Still living the empty, boring life.

There are no details,
Nothing of the sort.
Just a girl,
That same old dork.

Time, time,
Passes by.
Trying to make this poem rhyme,
Same old empty boring life.

Poetry Month
1:13 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

WATER

Read by Jason Neulander.

The hydrater-
Refreshing, cool or warm
Wonderful, powerful
Hear it rushing or trickling past you
splash, ripple or tap
Clear and mysterious

Stillness.
Rising
Falling
Freezing
Melting
Repeating, again and again-
An adventurous way to live

You can swim, ski or skate
Frozen or not, Cold or not
Memories of the beach or mountain

Floats through sky, drifting or waiting
Waiting to fall- Brave and strong

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