Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday: Wanderlust

Aug 17, 2018
Steven Law

This week’s Poetry Friday reading started off as a love letter written some years ago. KNAU listener Steve Law, of Page, wrote it on the Colorado River where he was working as a guide. He was trying to explain to a former girlfriend why he kept leaving home in search of adventure. Steve is now the editor of the Lake Powell Chronicle, but his wanderlust has not subsided…something many of us can relate to. Here he is reading his original poem, ‘Gone’.

Poetry Friday: The 'Gift Poem'

Aug 10, 2018
Terry Wilson

For 25 years, Terry Wilson, a literature teacher at Coconino High School in Flagstaff, has started each class, each day with what she calls a Gift Poem. She reads it aloud, for the pure pleasure of it…her students don’t have to do anything but listen. On the first day back to school this week, Wilson’s Gift Poem was 'Introduction to Poetry', by former poet laureate Billy Collins. It’s only 30 seconds, but it packs in the metaphor about how teachers and kids look at poetry. 

Courtesy of Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives, Kolb Collection, Box/Folder 16.1875

The Kolb brothers became a fixture at the Grand Canyon in the early 1900’s when they set up a photo booth at the top of the Bright Angel Trail to take pictures of pack mules and hikers. In 1911, they went on a Colorado River trip, retracing John Wesley Powell’s journey, and took the first-ever film footage of the rapids. On that trip, Emery Kolb wrote a poem about a chance meeting with a miner, the sole-survivor of a separate river expedition. KNAU listener Nettie Klingler came across it during her work as a volunteer ranger at Grand Canyon National Park.  In this week’s Poetry Friday segment, Nettie gives a recitation of ‘The Brave Ones’. 


Poetry Friday: How Falling In Love Is Like Owning A Dog

Jul 27, 2018
Dan Dadmun

KNAU listener Dan Dadmun went the extra mile for this week's Poetry Friday segment. He found a poem he like, Taylor Mali's 'How Falling in Love is like Owning a Dog'. But he wanted to change the setting from New York to Flagstaff because he thought it would resonate in this dog-crazy town. So, he contacted the poet to ask if it was ok. Mali said yes. He told Dan the details of a spoken word poem should always be changed to better apply to the people hearing it. 

Poetry Friday: A Telepoem From The High Desert

Jul 20, 2018
Elizabeth Hellstern

Remember pay phone booths? Poet Elizabeth Hellstern does. She's the inventor of the Telepoem Booth - a vintage rotary phone booth that recites poetry to you when you dial a number from the poem directory. Hellstern debuted the booth a couple of years ago in Flagstaff, but has since moved it to the high desert of northern New Mexico where she's lived off-grid for the last year. Today, Hellstern brings us the latest installment of our series Poetry Friday...Telepoem-style. 

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