Poetry Friday

Poetry Friday: Pride

Jun 21, 2019
Jamey Hasapis

It's National Pride Month, and Flagstaff's Pride in the Pines celebration kicks-off today. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, when police raided the Stonewall Inn in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. It catered to gay patrons at a time when most establishments did not. The raid led to widespread protests, setting in motion the gay liberation movement. Many Pride celebrations this year are honoring that history by documenting stories of what it was like to be gay before it was legal in the U.S. In this week's installment of KNAU's Poetry Friday series, Flagstaff listener Jamey Hasapis talks about the difficulty of coming out; to himself and to his family in the early 80's at the age of 26. He sets the story within the framework of Frank Bidart's iconic poem, Queer.

Poetry Friday: Discovering Juneteenth

Jun 14, 2019
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On June 19th, 1865, three years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, the news finally reached Texas, where slavery was still being practiced. Federal troops took control of the state and enforced the Proclamation, telling former slaves they were free and had been for years. That day became known as Juneteenth, or Freedom Day. It is widely celebrated in teh U.S., often including readings of Maya Angelou's poetry. In this week's segment of Poetry Friday, KNAU listener Amber Jones celebrates her first Juneteenth and her bi-racial heritage with a reading of Angelou's Still I Rise.

Poetry Friday: Celebrating 200 Years Of Walt Whitman

Jun 7, 2019
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2019 marks two-hundred years since the birth of beloved American poet, Walt Whitman. He was known for writing from a transcendentalist perspective, believing that human reality could be understood by studying nature. In this week's Poetry Friday segment, KNAU listener Stuart Howe ventures out to a peaceful canyon south of Flagstaff to read from Whitman's most famous collection of poems, Leaves of Grass. 

Poetry Friday: One Language, One Person

May 31, 2019
KNAU/Gillian Ferris

A few weeks ago, KNAU's Poetry Friday segment highlighted the work of the late Flagstaff poet, Jim Simmerman, and the annual poetry contest for young writers set up in his memory. Today, we hear from the winner of this year's contest, Aslihan Hadinoglu, a senior at Coconino High School. She's an exchange student from Turkey and believes you're a different person when you're learning a different language. Her winning poem, Dede, is a portrait of her beloved grandfather, whom she has missed during her year abroad. 

Poetry Friday: Fostering Love

May 17, 2019
KNAU/Gillian Ferris

May is National Foster Care Month, and unfortunately, Arizona has some pretty grim statistics when it comes to foster care. The state leads the nation in the number of chidlren per capita in group homes or shelters. And about 600 kids are removed from their homes every month by the Department of Child Safety. Foster families play a critical role in the issue. KNAU listener Kristine Pavlik is a foster parent, and in this week's Poetry Friday segment, she and her son Rhys talk about the experience and the foster baby they're about to adopt.