poetry http://kcur.org en LISTEN: Upcoming Lawrence Poet Reads Her 'Boundaryless' Prose http://kcur.org/post/listen-upcoming-lawrence-poet-reads-her-boundaryless-prose <p><strong>The following content may be offensive to some. Discretion is advised.</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the world of poetry, Patricia Lockwood is the "it girl" right now. The Lawrence, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., resident's poem "Rape Joke" went viral last summer, <a href="https://twitter.com/TriciaLockwood">pushing her Twitter following</a> to more than 40,000. </span></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:09:02 +0000 Cody Newill 56803 at http://kcur.org LISTEN: Upcoming Lawrence Poet Reads Her 'Boundaryless' Prose Lawrence’s ‘Smutty Metaphor Queen’ On Her ‘Lawless’ Poetry http://kcur.org/post/lawrence-s-smutty-metaphor-queen-her-lawless-poetry <p><strong>The following content may be offensive to some. Discretion is advised.&nbsp;</strong></p><p>"Rape Joke," "Live Nude Dads Read The Sunday Paper," and "The Cum Queens of Hyatt Place" are just the tips of the iceberg when it comes to poet&nbsp;<strong>Patricia Lockwood's</strong>&nbsp;absurdity.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 19:07:23 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Cody Newill 56755 at http://kcur.org Lawrence’s ‘Smutty Metaphor Queen’ On Her ‘Lawless’ Poetry Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou http://kcur.org/post/kansas-city-artists-reflect-legacy-maya-angelou <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">never</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> forget how you made them feel." For Maya Angelou, these words were a way of life. Her poetry and prose, even her off-the-cuff remarks during interviews, made people feel things deeply.</span></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:27:26 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton, Matt Hodapp & Cody Newill 56726 at http://kcur.org Kansas City Artists Reflect On The Legacy Of Maya Angelou Maya Angelou, On Trying To 'Do Better And To Be Better' http://kcur.org/post/maya-angelou-trying-do-better-and-be-better <p>Poet, memoirist and political activist Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86, reportedly after a long illness.&nbsp;</p><p>“Hello, good morning ..." is how Angelou opened the conversation when we talked by phone last week. At home in Winston-Salem, N.C., she joked about the weather in the Midwest.</p><p>"Because I think you people change weather in the way that other people change clothes," she said with a laugh.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 13:13:49 +0000 Laura Spencer 56463 at http://kcur.org Maya Angelou, On Trying To 'Do Better And To Be Better' Glenn North: Fostering Raw Self-Expression At 18th And Vine http://kcur.org/post/glenn-north-fostering-raw-self-expression-18th-and-vine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Glenn North read a poem at the grand opening for the American Jazz Museum in 1997, something clicked. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From that moment on, the poet and the museum grew in tandem.&nbsp; In 2004, North officially joined the museum's staff, establishing a nationally recognized spoken word scene at the museum's Blue Room. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North recently left his post as education manager and poet-in-residence. He plans to finish his master's degree and focus on his poetry.</span></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:45:18 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sylvia Maria Gross 55784 at http://kcur.org Glenn North: Fostering Raw Self-Expression At 18th And Vine Teen Poets Compete In 'Louder Than A Bomb' http://kcur.org/post/teen-poets-compete-louder-bomb <p>The spoken word competition called <a href="http://youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/?page_id=1315">Louder Than A Bomb</a>, named after the <a href="http://www.publicenemy.com/">Public Enemy</a> song, started in Chicago, Ill. in 2001. It's now considered one of the largest youth poetry festivals.</p><p>Cities across the country, including Kansas City, are launching their own Louder Than A Bomb programs.</p><p><strong>A program bridging divides in Kansas City</strong></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 14:38:38 +0000 Laura Spencer 53524 at http://kcur.org Teen Poets Compete In 'Louder Than A Bomb' The Weekend To-Do List, March 28-30, 2014 http://kcur.org/post/weekend-do-list-march-28-30-2014 <p></p><p>Ready to confront the weird weather with a bit of fun? Brian McTavish's Weekend To-Do List for March 28-30, 2014 has you covered.</p><p><strong><a href="http://ticketmaster.com" target="_blank">Keiko<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Matsui</a></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong><a href="http://ticketmaster.com" target="_blank"> </a></strong>(New age music), 8 p.m. Friday at the Jazz Museum's Gem Theater, 1615 E. </span>18th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $47&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 16:59:49 +0000 Laura Spencer, Brian McTavish & Beth Lipoff 53284 at http://kcur.org The Weekend To-Do List, March 28-30, 2014 Missouri's Poet Laureate Draws On King Kong For Inspiration http://kcur.org/post/missouris-poet-laureate-draws-king-kong-inspiration <p></p><p>From King Kong to a certain accident-prone coyote, the things that inspire Missouri's third poet laureate are different, to say the least.&nbsp;</p><p>On Tuesday's<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em> Up to Date</em></a>, we talk with William Trowbridge about his unusual muses and his tenure as poet laureate.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>William Trowbridge,</strong> Missouri poet laureate</li></ul><p><strong>HEAR MORE: </strong>William Trowbridge speaks at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Mabee Theater at Rockhurst University for the Midwest Poetry Series.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:34:45 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 52458 at http://kcur.org Missouri's Poet Laureate Draws On King Kong For Inspiration Reciting Poetry Helps Kansas City Teens With Vocabulary, Self-Confidence http://kcur.org/post/reciting-poetry-helps-kansas-city-teens-vocabulary-self-confidence <p>Stacy Lafontant is nervous. The 16-year-old junior at The Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts is about to step up to the podium to do something she’s never done before in public: Recite poetry.</p><p>“I’m going up in front of a lot of people,” she says, “and there might be kids that are better than me; I might forget the words.”</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:25:34 +0000 Lauren Kirby 52165 at http://kcur.org Reciting Poetry Helps Kansas City Teens With Vocabulary, Self-Confidence Persian Poetry Brings The Past To The Present http://kcur.org/post/persian-poetry-brings-past-present <p>It's been 800 years, but the words of Rumi, a 13th&nbsp;century Persian poet, still seem to entrance people</p><p>In the second part of Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske speaks with Rumi scholar <strong>Coleman Barks </strong>about the poet's legacy and why his verses continue to thrive.</p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guest:</span></strong></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 18:44:12 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 45971 at http://kcur.org Persian Poetry Brings The Past To The Present From Poetry To A Prairie Home http://kcur.org/post/poetry-prairie-home <p>He&rsquo;s a Minnesota guy on public radio with a loyal following. No, we&#39;re not talking about our own Steve Kraske.</p><p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 44507 at http://kcur.org From Poetry To A Prairie Home Married Poets Share Inspirations For Their Work http://kcur.org/post/married-poets-share-inspirations-their-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Local couple and professional poets </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Stanley and Janet Banks</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> met while living in Kansas City and trying to get their writing careers off the ground. Now that the two have been married for years, they reflect on how their marriage to each other inspired their work. A common theme between both of their work is the impact that family members have on their lives.</span></p><p> Thu, 02 May 2013 15:29:23 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Claire McInerny 36070 at http://kcur.org Married Poets Share Inspirations For Their Work A New Poet Laureate For Kansas http://kcur.org/post/new-poet-laureate-kansas <p><a href="http://www.wyatttownley.com/about.html">Wyatt Townley</a>, a fourth-generation Kansan, has been named the new Poet Laureate of Kansas for 2013-2015. Wed, 01 May 2013 17:21:14 +0000 Laura Spencer 36013 at http://kcur.org A New Poet Laureate For Kansas Poetry With Caroline Kennedy http://kcur.org/post/poetry-caroline-kennedy <p></p><div>Though she’s famous for her family name, <strong>Caroline Kennedy</strong> has made a name for herself in other ways, too.</div><div> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 34405 at http://kcur.org Poetry With Caroline Kennedy John Mark Eberhart Reads 'The Gospel Of The Dirt' http://kcur.org/post/john-mark-eberhart-reads-gospel-dirt <p>As books editor for <em>The Kansas City Star</em>, John Mark Eberhart was known for encouraging local writers - and publishing their work. Eberhart was also a poet. He died Tuesday, March 19. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:44:29 +0000 New Letters on the Air 33733 at http://kcur.org John Mark Eberhart Reads 'The Gospel Of The Dirt' Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco http://kcur.org/post/inaugural-poet-richard-blanco <p>During the President’s inauguration ceremony on Monday, <a href="http://www.richard-blanco.com/">Richard Blanco</a> delivered a poem written especially for this occasion.&nbsp; At age 44, he is not only the youngest, but the first Latino and openly gay poet to have this honor.&nbsp; Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:06:42 +0000 Angela Elam & Stephanie Hughes & Jamie Walsh 30717 at http://kcur.org Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco William Trowbridge: Ship Of Fool http://kcur.org/post/missouri-names-first-kc-poet-laureate <p>Poet William Trowbridge has been appointed Missouri’s next poet Laureate, and is the first Kansas City poet to receive the title. He was a guest on Central Standard earlier this year, where he shared selections from his book Ship of Fool.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 14:29:00 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 14186 at http://kcur.org William Trowbridge: Ship Of Fool Slam Poetry Meets Jazz http://kcur.org/post/slam-poetry-meets-jazz <p>Let&rsquo;s play a word association game.&nbsp; What&rsquo;s do you think when I say, &ldquo;Kansas City?&rdquo;&nbsp; Barbecue?&nbsp; The Royals? How about jazz?&nbsp; Now what about when I say &ldquo;Jazz,&rdquo; what do you think?&nbsp; It probably isn&rsquo;t poetry.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jul 2012 16:20:13 +0000 Eric Baker 20503 at http://kcur.org Slam Poetry Meets Jazz Poet Xanath Caraza Summons The African Roots Of Mexico http://kcur.org/post/poet-xanath-caraza-summons-african-roots-mexico <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas City poet </span>Xanath<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Caraza<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> recently published the poetry chapbook </span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Corazon Pintado</em></strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a book of "</span>ekphrastic<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> poems" – or poems that respond to other works of art.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Yanga, Yanga, Yanga</em></p><p><em>Yanga, Yanga, Yanga</em></p><p><em>Today, your spirit I invoke</em></p><p><em>Here, in this place</em></p><p></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 22:31:48 +0000 Sylvia Maria Gross 17258 at http://kcur.org Poet Xanath Caraza Summons The African Roots Of Mexico Turner Students Release Poetry Collection http://kcur.org/post/turner-students-release-poetry-collection <p><strong><a href="http://www.turnerusd202.org/">Turner High School</a></strong><a href="http://www.turnerusd202.org/"> </a>teachers <strong>Marlee Stempleman</strong> and <strong>Jessica Kendall</strong> have fashioned a poetry project called the <a href="http://ifevertheworld.wordpress.com"><strong>Troubadours Poetry Club</strong></a> where students express themselves by writing and sharing their work. Fri, 16 Dec 2011 01:16:02 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 9108 at http://kcur.org Turner Students Release Poetry Collection Rememering Phil Miller, The Story of Fishbone http://kcur.org/post/rememering-phil-miller-story-fishbone <p>Poet and mentor <b>Phil Miller</b> believed that anyone can write a good poem who&#39;s willing to do the work. Join poets <b>Randy Ratliff</b> and <b>Eve Ott</b> as we remember Phil&#39;s<font size="2"><font face="Verdana"> determinedly democratic approach to poetry, and his </font></font><font size="2"><font face="Verdana">contributions to the </font></font><font size="2"><font face="Verdana">Riverfront Reading series</font></font><font size="2"><font face="Verdana">.</font></font><br /><br /><font face="Verdana" size="2"><b>GUESTS:</b></font> Thu, 01 Dec 2011 06:00:00 +0000 Andrea Silenzi & Jabulani Leffall 8562 at http://kcur.org Rememering Phil Miller, The Story of Fishbone The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water http://kcur.org/post/kc-renga-ghost-over-water-0 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; ">At the beginning of May, a national art project started here in Kansas City.&nbsp; This was first stop on a national tour for a conversation in the form of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://americanowandhere.org/" style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; color: rgb(16, 92, 182); ">America Now and Here</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, san Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 15351 at http://kcur.org The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water http://kcur.org/post/kc-renga-ghost-over-water-1 <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; padding-top: 10px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; "><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, Georgia, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px; text-align: left; ">At the beginning of May, a national art project started here in Kansas City.&nbsp; This was first stop on a national tour for a conversation in the form of&nbsp;</span><a href="http://americanowandhere.org/" style= Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Andrea Silenzi 15579 at http://kcur.org The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water The Troubadours Poetry Club http://kcur.org/post/troubadours-poetry-club <p>Kansas City&rsquo;s own Turner High School is carrying on the tradition of the Troubadours of old.&nbsp; Teachers Marlee Stempleman and Jessica Kendall have fashioned a poetry project called the Troubadours Poetry Club where students express themselves by writing and reading their own works.&nbsp; This morning on Central Standard, Marlee Stempleman and two club members stop in to share their craft.<br /><br />Here are a few poems written by young Turner Troubadours:<br /><br /><strong>I Remember<br />By Anna Stark</strong><br /> Wed, 18 May 2011 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley Ferguson 15581 at http://kcur.org The Troubadours Poetry Club Book Critic Mixes Poetry and Music http://kcur.org/post/book-critic-mixes-poetry-and-music <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d5f99a3a511-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d5f99a3a511-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d5f99a3a511-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-715917.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – You may know John Mark Eberhart from The Kansas City Star, where he's the Book Editor, or as one of the Book Doctors on The Walt Bodine Show. What you may not know is that Eberhart is also a poet.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2008 19:08:00 +0000 1197 at http://kcur.org Book Critic Mixes Poetry and Music WEB EXTRA: Xanath Caraza Reads from Primera Pagina http://kcur.org/post/web-extra-xanath-caraza-reads-primera-pagina <p class="legacy-audio-url"> <div class="audio-container"> <div id="jp-interface-53d5d9a72dfd4-" class="jp-interface"> <div id="post-audio-53d5d9a72dfd4-" class="jp-player" jp-instance="53d5d9a72dfd4-"></div> <div class="jp-controls column"> <div class="jp-progress"> <div class="jp-seek-bar"> <div class="jp-play-bar"></div> </div> </div><!-- end jp-progress --> </div><!-- end jp-controls --> <div class="playpause column"> <a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-695718.mp3" class="jp-play">Listen</a> <a class="jp-pause"></a> </div><!-- playpause --> <div class="jp-time-holder column"> <div class="jp-custom-current-time"></div> <div class="jp-custom-duration"></div> </div><!-- jp-time-holder --> <div id="slider"></div> </div><!-- .jp-interface --> </div><!-- container --> </p> <p>Kansas City, MO – Traveler, educator and short story writer Xanath Caraza says she first started writing poetry when she was about six years old.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2008 14:24:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 1165 at http://kcur.org Lawrence Poet Mickey Cesar http://kcur.org/post/lawrence-poet-mickey-cesar <p>Staff Sergeant Michael Argumedo is a U.S. Army Reservist from Lawrence, Kansas stationed in Kuwait, just a few miles from the Iraqi border. He writes under the pen name <a href="http://sunflower.com/~mikkirat/">Mickey Cesar</a>, and his poetry has been described as dealing with "Saturday nights alone, Sunday morning cafes full of cigarette smoke" and loss.</p> Mon, 24 Jan 2005 16:22:00 +0000 Laura Spencer 690 at http://kcur.org Lawrence Poet Mickey Cesar