poetry

Arts & Culture
9:38 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Teen Poets Compete In 'Louder Than A Bomb'

A semifinal competition in March at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, Mo.
Credit courtesy: Louder Than A Bomb-KC

The spoken word competition called Louder Than A Bomb, named after the Public Enemy song, started in Chicago, Ill. in 2001. It's now considered one of the largest youth poetry festivals.

Cities across the country, including Kansas City, are launching their own Louder Than A Bomb programs.

A program bridging divides in Kansas City

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Up to Date
11:59 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Weekend To-Do List, March 28-30, 2014

'Run or Dye' is a version of the popular 'Color Run.'
Credit Neeroc1 / Flickr-CC

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.

Keiko Matsui (New age music), 8 p.m. Friday at the Jazz Museum's Gem Theater, 1615 E. 18th, Kansas City, Mo. Tickets: $47 

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Up to Date
10:34 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Missouri's Poet Laureate Draws On King Kong For Inspiration

William Trowbridge is Missouri's poet laureate.
Credit williamtrowbridge.net

From King Kong to a certain accident-prone coyote, the things that inspire Missouri's third poet laureate are different, to say the least. 

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with William Trowbridge about his unusual muses and his tenure as poet laureate.

Guest:

  • William Trowbridge, Missouri poet laureate

HEAR MORE: William Trowbridge speaks at 7 p.m. March 11 at the Mabee Theater at Rockhurst University for the Midwest Poetry Series.

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Arts & Culture
8:25 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Reciting Poetry Helps Kansas City Teens With Vocabulary, Self-Confidence

Stacy Lafontant recites 'America' by Claude McKay. Stacy is from Haiti, and says she relates to McKay because they have the shared experience of being from another country.
Credit Lauren Kirby / KCUR

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.

“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.”

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Up to Date
1:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Persian Poetry Brings The Past To The Present

Rumi's poetry has been popular for centuries, as seen in this 16th century book.
Credit National Library of France

It's been 800 years, but the words of Rumi, a 13th century Persian poet, still seem to entrance people

In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske speaks with Rumi scholar Coleman Barks about the poet's legacy and why his verses continue to thrive.

Guest:

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Up to Date
4:00 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

From Poetry To A Prairie Home

Garrison Keillor joins Steve Kraske on Up to Date.

He’s a Minnesota guy on public radio with a loyal following. No, we're not talking about our own Steve Kraske.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, Garrison Keillor joins Steve to talk about his new book of poetry, O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound. We take a look at how he stays on top of his game when writing and producing and find out what he does to get around writer’s block.

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Central Standard
10:29 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Married Poets Share Inspirations For Their Work

Local couple and professional poets Stanley and Janet Banks 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.

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Books
12:21 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

A New Poet Laureate For Kansas

Poet Wyatt Townley
Terry Weckbaugh

Wyatt Townley, a fourth-generation Kansan, has been named the new Poet Laureate of Kansas for 2013-2015.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Poetry With Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy
Bill Burke/Page One

Though she’s famous for her family name, Caroline Kennedy has made a name for herself in other ways, too.

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Books
2:44 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

John Mark Eberhart Reads 'The Gospel Of The Dirt'

As books editor for The Kansas City Star, John Mark Eberhart was known for encouraging local writers - and publishing their work. Eberhart was also a poet. He died Tuesday, March 19.

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Books
2:06 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

Inauguration poet Richard Blanco
Nico Tucci / Courtesy Richard Blanco

During the President’s inauguration ceremony on Monday, Richard Blanco delivered a poem written especially for this occasion.  At age 44, he is not only the youngest, but the first Latino and openly gay poet to have this honor. 

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Central Standard
9:29 am
Tue July 24, 2012

William Trowbridge: Ship Of Fool

Trowbridge in front of the Ruskin Art Club, where he is about to give a reading.

Poet William Trowbridge has been appointed Missouri's next poet Laureate, and is the first Kansas City poet to receive the title.

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Performance
11:20 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Slam Poetry Meets Jazz

The House pianist, Everett Freeman, performs during the opening 30 minute set.
Eric Baker KCUR

Let’s play a word association game.  What’s do you think when I say, “Kansas City?”  Barbecue?  The Royals? How about jazz?  Now what about when I say “Jazz,” what do you think?  It probably isn’t poetry.

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Poetry
5:31 pm
Mon May 7, 2012

Poet Xanath Caraza Summons The African Roots Of Mexico

Israel Nazario's painting La Nina Que Corto La Flor (the girl who picked the flower) was the inspiration for Caraza's poem De Tus Manos (Out of Your Hands).

Kansas City poet Xanath Caraza recently published the poetry chapbook Corazon Pintado, a book of "ekphrastic poems" – or poems that respond to other works of art. 

Yanga, Yanga, Yanga

Yanga, Yanga, Yanga

Today, your spirit I invoke

Here, in this place

This, this is my poem for Yanga

Mandinga, malanga, bamba

Rumba, mambo, samba.

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Poetry
7:16 pm
Thu December 15, 2011

Turner Students Release Poetry Collection

Turner High School teachers Marlee Stempleman and Jessica Kendall have fashioned a poetry project called the Troubadours Poetry Club where students express themselves by writing and sharing their work.

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POETRY, MUSIC
12:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Rememering Phil Miller, The Story of Fishbone

Poet and mentor Phil Miller believed that anyone can write a good poem who's willing to do the work. Join poets Randy Ratliff and Eve Ott as we remember Phil's determinedly democratic approach to poetry, and his contributions to the Riverfront Reading series.

GUESTS:
Randy Ratliff, poet
Eve Ott, poet

SECOND HALF

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water

The poems were on display at the Leedy-Voulkos gallery in the Crossroads throughout the month of May.

At the beginning of May, a national art project started here in Kansas City.  This was first stop on a national tour for a conversation in the form of America Now and Here.  Here’s how a Renga works — more than 30 Kansas City poets were challenged to write tens lines each….the subject that emerged is Kansas City, with references to cattlemen, ghosts, prairie grass, and Troost.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

The KC Renga: Ghost Over Water

The poems were on display at the Leedy-Voulkos gallery in the Crossroads throughout the month of May.

At the beginning of May, a national art project started here in Kansas City.  This was first stop on a national tour for a conversation in the form of America Now and Here.  Here’s how a Renga works — more than 30 Kansas City poets were challenged to write ten lines each….the subject that emerged is Kansas City, with references to cattlemen, ghosts, prairie grass, and Troost.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

The Troubadours Poetry Club

The Troubadours Poetry Club Year Book Photo. (2011)

Kansas City’s own Turner High School is carrying on the tradition of the Troubadours of old.  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.  This morning on Central Standard, Marlee Stempleman and two club members stop in to share their craft.

Here are a few poems written by young Turner Troubadours:

I Remember
By Anna Stark

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Books
2:08 pm
Fri June 6, 2008

Book Critic Mixes Poetry and Music

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.

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Books
9:24 am
Mon April 14, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Xanath Caraza Reads from Primera Pagina

Traveler, educator and short story writer Xanath Caraza says she first started writing poetry when she was about six years old.

Kansas City, MO – Caraza writes in Spanish, her first language, and then translates her own work into English. Here, she reads a poem she wrote in Mexico to celebrate International Women's Day; it's called "Mujer."

This poem is published in the anthology called Primera Pagina: Poetry from the Latino Heartland.

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Books
10:22 am
Mon January 24, 2005

Lawrence Poet Mickey Cesar

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 Mickey Cesar, and his poetry has been described as dealing with "Saturday nights alone, Sunday morning cafes full of cigarette smoke" and loss.

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