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.


Poetry Month
12:10 pm
Wed April 2, 2014


Read by Catherine Robb.

Possibilities - so many
Run to New York, swim the Pacific Ocean,
Invent a super time machine, travel to another world.
No wishing - try something
Have a pet elephant, set a world record.
Imagine Possible.

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Poetry Month
12:08 pm
Wed April 2, 2014


Read by John Aielli.

This is my passion,
This is my love.

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Poetry Month
11:29 am
Wed April 2, 2014

The Father

Read by Steve Wertheimer.

I am a father.
Yet secretly inside I am a boy of a young age.
Being a provider is hard, but
Keeping her happy is even harder –
She needs clothes, food and milk which I struggle to buy

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Poetry Month
11:21 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Eternal Drums

Read by Catherine Robb.

No one else can hear it.
The drums.
What does it mean?
It must be a sickness.
A cancer.
And it can’t be cured.
Thump, Thump, Thump.

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Poetry Month
11:16 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Cursive in Danger

Read by Kathy Valentine.

A flashing red light,
Something is going on in the news,
What is happening?

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Poetry Month
11:11 am
Wed April 2, 2014


Read by Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

The boys on the black top
The girls by the bars
I went to the hoops
While the rest just stayed far

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Poetry Month
11:00 am
Wed April 2, 2014


Read by John Aielli

Grass sways,
Trees bend.
As the leaves swirl,
In the autumn wind.

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Life & Arts
6:32 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Interview: Austin Teen Poet Shares His Award-Winning Words

Louis Lafair, 18, is one of just five National Student Poets.
Laura Rice, KUT News

Poetry. To some, it may seem like a method of expression reserved for Valentine’s Day. But at least one Austin high schooler isn’t rolling his eyes about it.

Louis Lafair is a 2013 National Student Poet. The St. Stephen’s Episcopal School senior was honored for his work along with just four other teens from across the country. He'll now serve as a literary ambassador for the southwest region for the next year.

The award is presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Lafair met First Lady Michelle Obama at the awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Lafair talked with KUT's Laura Rice about the honor:

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