poetry

What books should thoughtful people be reading this summer?

Summer is here – what philosophers, philosophies, or philosophical issues do you want to read up on? Heidegger's Being and Time may not be the obvious choice to take on vacation, but there are lots of readable, beach-friendly classics and non-classics to add philosophical depth to your summer reading.

New FBI files show wide range of Black Panther informant's activities // Oakland Tribune

"Newly released FBI records reveal that Richard Masato Aoki, widely revered as a radical hero in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1960s, had a deep relationship with the FBI, informing on his fellow Asian activists and on Black Panther Party leaders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale.

Radio Poets 2015: Marco Chen

Apr 27, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

Dreams

Marco Chen, Garfield Elementary

 

It's Blue

Like the starry night, like the 

blue sky

 

It's bright like the glowing moon,

like the very bright sun, it's on fire

 

It's cold, but its romantic

On top of a tall mountain,

the light of the town is as bright

as the Sun

 

It's beautiful,

It looks like there

were ten suns

in the sky,

the best day ever,

I see a werewolf,

it's coming to eat the suns

I'm Awake

 

Radio Poets 2015: Jessica Ojeda Paz

Apr 23, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

 

JUPITER! 

Jessica Ojeda, ER Taylor

 

I went to Jupiter as fast as light. 

On my long journey I looked outside, 

it was a beautiful night. 

I saw millions of lights. 

I landed on Jupiter; as I walked around 

I felt different types of air. 

I thought, “what a beautiful place” 

I wish to stay

on this peaceful and clean place. 

I felt a nice warm air blowing at me. 

I wish people can live here

I called my family to come with me. 

Radio Poets 2015: Ariana Carrillo

Apr 21, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Bright Star

Ariana Carrillo, Hillcrest Elementary

 

I am as bright as a star that shines in the sky that explodes on my heart that lives

In my life everywhere I go I follow the star that lives in my heart

I pretend I never see it but I do see it.

I am feeling the fresh breeze of the air but I do not feel it

I feel the hot sun

I am going to melt

My heart beats and beats everywhere I go.

The star I follow everywhere disappears

The hot sun goes away

Radio Poets 2015: Juan Ruiz

Apr 15, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Lima 
I am from Lima
where people have so much rage in their body
Now I'm in S.F.
where people are full of honesty
I am from Lima
where I couldn't stand the heat
Now I'm in S.F.
where I listen to new sick beats
I am from Lima
where I miss being so mean
Now I'm in S.F.
where I wait for August 19 I am from Lima where I eat Caldo De Gallina Now I'm in S.F. where I scare my sister pobrecita
I am from Lima
where it's hot and dry
Now I'm in S.F.

Radio Poets 2015: Kimberly Carballo

Apr 13, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

I Am

Kimberly Carballo, Cleveland Elementary

 

I am proud, happy, brave

I wonder how the world came to be

I see happiness around the world

I want peace in the world

I hear Let’s Go Giants

I am proud, happy, brave

 

I pretend to be a dancer

I feel drops of water on my hair

I touch the stars up above

I worry about my friends and family

I cry when I hear someone dies

I am proud, happy, brave

I understand that there is good and bad stuff

Radio Poets 2015: Ariana Gomez

Apr 9, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

Where I’m From

Ariana Gomez, Leonard Flynn Elementary

 

I am from a music family.

I come from people that are in love with animals.

I am from a family who loves to dance,

And now I'm going to show you a chant

 

America SCORES is so tight, 

Boogie on down, alright alright

Hey!

 

Radio Poets 2015: Eric Mai

Apr 8, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

Darkness

Eric Mai, Garfield

 

Is dark like a very old mansion

Like shadows, staring at you

Like black flames moving through the town

Like a moving sky

Is blurry, from my far view

With mountains, with ice all over, very big,

From the middle of my eye,

Is scary, if a ghost is in it

 

A town full of people,

A big crowd,

With windows brighten up,

A tower,

To see very far,

Some wind, in a big spiral

7 suns, to help me find my way to Chinatown

Julie Martin/NEDCC

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Cal Tabuena-Frolli

In 2014, a small press published an anthology of poetry called “It’s Night in San Francisco but it’s Sunny in Oakland.” It is a collective memory of the winter of 2011, Oscar Grant Plaza, Oakland: the site of the encampments and acts of resistance staked in solidarity with Occupy Wall street.

 

Liza Veale looked at this anthology to see how poets captured the spirit of Occupy. Here’s what it sounds like in the language of poetry.

Cal Tabuena-Frolli

Martina Castro took a walk around the Mission with San Francisco’s poet laureate Alejandro Murguía to hear about what the neighborhood used to be like when he first moved here, back in the 1970s - and what’s changed.

 

Jeremy Dalmas

 

In a quiet spot, just west of the bustle of the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, sits a garden dedicated to English literature’s crowned prince: William Shakespeare. Once you make it past the entrance gate and down the worn brick path, you are transported into an English garden filled with manicured flower beds, trimmed lawns, and people escaping the noise of the city.

Tonny Villarreal

Note: This article contains language some readers may find offensive.

Usually, people who emerge from the 16th Street BART Station in San Francisco are greeted by men and women slumped over shopping carts, by panhandlers, and by the cacophony of traffic. But late on Thursday nights, BART passengers stride into the sounds of poetry. For over a decade, poets, musicians, and comedians have been meeting outside the station.

Philosophy Talk asks: What is Love?

Jul 4, 2014

It may seem doubtful that philosophers have much to tell us about love (beyond their love of wisdom). Surely it is the poets who have the market cornered when it comes to deep reflection on the nature of love. John and Ken question the notion that love cannot be captured by the light of reason by turning their attention to the philosophy of love with philosopher-poet Troy Jollimore from CSU Chico.

  

Uncovering a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age. As Russia continues its anti-gay crackdown, Oakland-based women’s chorus Kitka performs "I will remember everything," a world premiere of a cappella music that gives voice to poems by Sophia Parnok, a censored lesbian poet from Russia’s Silver Age a century ago.  Some call Parnok “Russia’s Sappho.” Out in the Bay's Eric Jansen and Nora Elmeligy stopped by Kitka's rehearsal Monday night to capture some of the sumptuous music being prepared for the June 20-22 premiere, and to speak with Kitka director and singer Shira Cion and composer Eric Banks, who translated Parnok’s poems and set them to music, about their inspiration for this concert.  Broadcast: 7pm PDT Thursday, June 12, on kalw.org + 91.7 FM SF Bay Area. [photo: Myles Boisen]

Radio Poets: Ruth Velasquez

Apr 30, 2014

Ruth Velasquez is a student at San Francisco's Cleveland Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“Who am I?” 

Cleveland Elementary School

By Ruth Velasquez 

 

 

I am a girl that’s special to one and the others.

I am a girl who says

OK

I will try again

I am a human who says

Just stop

I am a human who says

Please don't hurt me

Radio Poets: Marlon Barreno

Apr 29, 2014

Marlon Barreno  is a student at San Francisco's Junipero Serra Elementary School, where he writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring his voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“Missing My Dad”

Marlon Barreno

J. Sierra Elementary School

 

I remember the dad that I had—

I remember going over his house

And sleeping with him limb to limb

I remember playing soccer with him

Trying a lot, giving him everything I got.

Radio Poets: Bridgette Marin

Apr 28, 2014

Bridgette Marin is a student at San Francisco's E. R. Taylor Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

Me

Today I feel like a balloon going free

That when I’m blind, I can actually see

I’m a diamond so shiny, so bright

That I’m like the sun showing all the light. 

 

Today I’m a free land

So free, that I’m a new brand

I feel like a bank with money

Radio Poets: Gennesis Galindo

Apr 24, 2014

Gennesis Galindo is a student at San Francisco's Hillcrest Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“My Origin”

 

By: Gennesis Galindo

Hillcrest Elementary School

 

My name comes from

the beginning of the Bible.

 

My name comes from my Mom who named me

because she loves the way it sounds like an angel’s whisper.

 

My middle name Natasha comes from my Dad, 

Radio Poets: Sianna Martinez

Apr 23, 2014

Sianna Martinez is a student at San Francisco's Junipero Serra Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

I Used to Be

Sianna Martinez

J.Sierra Elementary School

 

I used to be a shark but now I’m a piranha

I used to be a small town but now I am a big country

I used to be clouds but now I am the sun

I used to be a fall leaf but now I am a blooming flower

Radio Poets: Oscar Martinez

Apr 22, 2014

 Oscar Martinez is a student at San Francisco's E.R.Taylor Elementary School, where he writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring his voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

My Mom

I love my mom

Because she will always love me

On and on

I will always love her

Till she’s gone!

 

I love my mom because 

Even though she doesn’t buy

Me the things I want 

That’s okay!! 

Only thing I want from her 

Is to stay

 

Radio Poets: Anjole Leveron

Apr 21, 2014

Anjole Leveron is a student at San Francisco's Junipero Serra School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“In My Heart”

Anjole Leveron

J.Sierra Elementary School

 

In my heart is fulled with a lot

from my family and friends to all the things I love to do

In my heart is art

I love to color and draw

in my heart is dance

the way I move my body makes me glad

in my heart is cooking

Radio Poets: Justin Rubio

Apr 16, 2014

I Found a Rock

By Justin Rubio

E.R. Taylor

5th Grade

 

I found a rock it was pretty heavy so

When I picked it up I fell on my 

Knee it hurt but I didn’t care

 Did I mention it was gold and shiny

 

I found Simon he had a 

Diamond it was as big as a bike

He gave it to me for that shiny rock

 

I found a found but there

Were arms holding it, I inserted

 the diamond and it gave me the fossil.

 

I went into the pueblo

And traded it for a treasure chest.

Radio Poets: Stella Mae Schmidt

Apr 16, 2014

I used to be . . .

By Stella-Mae Schmidt

Tenderloin Community School

 

I used to be a piece of dirt, and now I am a flower 

filled with beauty everyday and with love every hour

 

I used to used to be a stranded branch but now I am a tree 

but instead of looking down I smile with glee

 

I used to be a basketball but now I am a player

I can do a slam-dunk jumping up in the air

 

I used to be asleep but now I am wake

And see everything, the real from the fake

 

 

Radio Poets: Angelika De Castro

Apr 15, 2014

Angelika De Castro is a student at San Francisco's Tenderloin Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

"The Elements"
By Angelika De Castro

--Dedicated to the Philippines--

Fire

Red, orange, yellow the color of the flame.
Red, orange, yellow easy to blame.
Hot not cold, smoky and bold
Fire is hot, it can burn gold

Radio Poets: Neftaly Paredes

Apr 14, 2014

Neftaly Paredes is a student at San Francisco's E. R. Taylor Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month. 

My Life

By Neftaly Paredes

E.R. Taylor

 4th Grade

 

I’m happy when I play soccer 

I feel so happy in my life

It was my brothers birthday!!

Such a fun time!!!

 

I feel tired of running

But I wont give up!!

My teammates keep cheering up

Radio Poets: Jasmin Barrera

Apr 10, 2014

Jasmin Barrera is a student at San Francisco's Sanchez Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“I see” 

By Jasmin Barrera

Sanchez Elementary School

 

I see 

I cannot see the world,

but I can see the words

and I can see the light

and I can see the moon

and I can see my mom’s laughs 

and I see the dreams of my father 

and I see my brother’s toys

 

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