poetry

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

 

Radio Poets: Melany Molina

Apr 9, 2014

 

Melany Molina 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.

“Untitled”

By Melany Molina

 Cleveland Elementary School

 

Be high in the sky

Don't fall with feelings

Like a pile of water

A full pond filled with water

Raindrop feelings

The thing is,

You don’t want to be like the water.

Radio Poets: Alex Alvarez

Apr 8, 2014

Alex Alvarez 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.

 

"I am"

By Alex Alvarez

When I feel sad I get mad
Like a tiger without food
My teeth are like sugar
That you put in corn flakes
With just the bright amount
It can be perfect!!

National Poetry Month on Philosophy Talk

Apr 3, 2014

April is National Poetry Month, so a philosopher might ask: what is poetry? Mere word play? A pretty, or at any rate striking, way of expressing thought and emotion? Or does great poetry involve an approach to the world that provides insight and information not available in other ways? John and Ken explore how poetry can illuminate what we know with award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield, author of Come, Thief and other poetic works of philosophical richness.

Radio Poets: William Lozano

Apr 3, 2014

Will Lozano is a student at San Francisco's Redding 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 Dad Is”

When I see my dad I see me

When I hug him, it feels like a warm blanket on a cold winter night

When we eat, we are like hungry lions on the prowl

When he and I play catch and he says "Go Looong"

I feel like a dog playing fetch with a stick and having fun

Radio Poets: Luis Garcia

Apr 2, 2014

Luis Garcia is a student at San Francisco's Cleveland 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 Moetry Month.

 

Mi Nicaragua

by Luis Garcia

Mi Nicaragua is a place where you sudar como a chicharon

My Nicaragua is where you could eat cheese and salty queso y bean enchiladas

Mi Nicaragua is where you could take a shower en la noche and a shower en la lluvia

Sara Trujillo is a student at San Francisco's Leonard Flynn 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 Moetry Month.

Out In The Bay 3/13/14

Mar 13, 2014

Interview with lesbian author and activist Judy Grahn

If you think you want to launch a new poetry slam, first take a walk through the Bay Area. Your cutting edge idea may have already been done. In San Francisco, SoMa’s Brainwash Cafe has called dibs on hosting an open mic in a laundromat. Quiet Lightning has taken poets everywhere in San Francisco, including to a sporting goods store. Oakland’s Tourettes Without Regrets has trademarked the Burlesque show-dirty haiku contest combo. Each slam is different, but finger snapping, occasional jeering, and cash prizes have become the slam standard. If Roman Gladiators were handed poetry and told they had to bring the crowd to their feet or be fed to the lions, it would look like a poetry slam.

THURSDAY

Poems Under the Dome // Go to San Francisco's City Hall to celebrate National Poetry Month. It’s an open-mike event, so bring something to recite, or just listen. It’ll be sheer poetry in either case. // DETAILS: Poems Under the Dome, City Hall, San Francisco, April 18, 5:30pm. Cost: FREE

FRIDAY

 

 

 

  

Out In The Bay: Feminist Pioneer and Poet Judy Grahn

Mar 14, 2013
Aunt Lute Books

Host and Producer Marilyn Pittman interviews lesbian feminist pioneer, Judy Grahn, whose "Common Woman" poems inspired the early 70's feminist movement. Marilyn's 1982 NPR-funded series "By A Woman Writ" profiled Judy and her work. This show will feature audio from that program of actors performing her words. Judy is now Co-Director of The Women's Spirituality Program at Sofia University in Palo Alto, CA. 7pm. http://www.sofia.edu/academics/faculty/grahn.php

 

Poet Richard Howard

Nov 19, 2012

‘Success’ and a Faun’s Afternoon. Richard Howard, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator, amuses us while musing on French fauns, ghosts of all-but-forgotten New York cruising spots, and the cultural figures he’s memorialized or channeled in verse – including painter Alice Neel, dancer Isadora Duncan and Madame Charles de Gaulle.  Now in his eighties, this “living legend” shares his poems, tells how translating can be erotic and reflects on gay life before many of us were born. 

On today's Your Call we’ll honor "Poem in Your Pocket Day" and National Poetry Month by speaking with poets.  How can poetry inspire, motivate, inform, and transform individuals and society?  If you’ve only recently discovered poetry, what opened your eyes to it?  And if you never read poetry, what questions do you have about it?  Join us at 10 or email feedback@yourcallradio.org.  What poem or poet is your favorite, and why? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.

Guests

‘Success’ and a Faun’s Afternoon. Richard Howard, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and translator, amuses us while musing on French fauns, ghosts of all-but-forgotten New York cruising spots, and the cultural figures he’s memorialized or channeled in verse – including painter Alice Neel, dancer Isadora Duncan and Madame Charles de Gaulle.  Now in his eighties, this “living legend” shares his poems, tells us about the eroticism of translation, and reflects on gay life before many of you were born.

Pacifica Pier Poetry & "Pier Pressure":   Poet and San Francisco State University writing professor Toni Mirosevich got a grant to write about “the strange, untamed world of the Pacifica Pier,” which juts into the ocean from the usually cool and foggy town of Pacifica, just south of San Francisco.

Art songs, chansons, jazz, and sung poetry.  Music by Jacques Brel and Gabriel Yacoub from France, Robb Johnson from England, Melanie O'Reilly from Ireland, and others.

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