Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday: 'Sleigh Ride' Serenade

Dec 13, 2019
Gillian Ferris / KNAU

Music plays a major part in the holidays as the songs of the season can evoke strong emotions and memories. On Sunday, the Master Chorale of Flagstaff performs its annual holiday concert, and since songs are essentially poems set to music, we figured it would be fun to feature some holiday music in this week’s Poetry Friday segment. Today, we hear from Ben Saunders, artistic director for the Master Chorale, and we drop in on one of their rehearsals for a ‘Sleigh Ride’ serenade.

Poetry Friday: The Feral Cat And The Phone Booth Library

Dec 6, 2019
Jake Bacon

Little Free Libraries are popping up in neighborhoods all over the country. Some are simple repurposed cabinets, others are elaborate custom-made creations. Arizona Daily Sun photographer Jake Bacon has taken the concept to the next level. He’s converted two antique English phone booths into tiny libraries. Jake hauled them 5,000 miles from the East Coast to Flagstaff where he set them up in front of his house. In this week’s Poetry Friday segment, he shares Rudyard Kipling’s poem, If, which is printed on the back of the giant, red booths. On an editorial note, Jake’s tenacious feral cat, Potter – as in Harry Potter - makes his public radio debut this week.

Poetry Friday: Roadside Collection

Nov 22, 2019
Rick Abasta/Navajo Hopi Observer

The Navajo Generating Station near Page permanently shut down this week. It was a long-time coming for the largest coal-fired power plant in the West, as the industry faces increasing competition from natural gas and renewable energy. But it’s a double-edged sword for hundreds of Navajo tribal members who worked there. Jobs on the Navajo Nation are scarce, the unemployment rate is high, and the tribal government has had its share of corruption. In this week’s Poetry Friday segment, New Mexico-based poet Rick Abasta talks about the dilemma, within the framework of his poem, Roadside Collection.  

Poetry Friday: Poems For The Planet

Nov 12, 2019

This week, Northern Arizona University will host a first of its kind climate summit involving all 3 state universities. Climate 2020: Seven Generations for Arizona will bring together educators, scientists, tribal leaders and youth activists to discuss sustainable resource decisions regarding threats posed by a shifting climate. In this week’s Poetry Friday segment, NAU biologist and Earth Notes writer Liz Blaker pairs two original poems about the planet’s resilience and humanity’s impact on it. 

Poetry Friday: 'Locked Up: Pain And Resilience'

Nov 1, 2019
Sue Norris

This week’s Poetry Friday segment takes inspiration from an art exhibit currently showing in Flagstaff called Locked Up: Pain and Resilience. The exhibit focuses on problems within the U.S. prison system, and the contributing artists have all done time at some point in their lives. One of the featured artists is the late Flagstaff musician and poet, Aaron Norris. He spent several years in prison for crimes related to drug addiction and mental illness, which he suffered from most of his life. He died last year from an accidental overdose. His mother, Sue Norris, is the project manager for Open Doors Art in Action Gallery, which curates the Locked Up exhibit. Today, she shares some of the poetry and music her son wrote while he was incarcerated.