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April is National Poetry Month, a time when we celebrate poetry and recognize how it has shaped American culture. This year, KUT is participating in National Poetry Month by sharing poems written by students in the Blank Page creative writing programs at Kealing and Fulmore Middle Schools and the Writers' Workshop at Rawson Saunders School. You can read the and listen to the poems here, and you can also listen to the poems read on KUT 90.5 FM throughout the month of April.


Read by Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

The boys on the black top
The girls by the bars
I went to the hoops
While the rest just stayed far

I never wore dresses
Or bows in my hair
I never wrote letters
To boyfriends with care

I played all the sports
Made shots like the dudes
While girls sat and whispered
Just to be rude

The boys saw me as cool
I was their friend
Somehow I didn’t know
How it would end

They thought that my name
Was too girly for me
So they thought up a name
That fit perfectly

They thought about Derek
How about Rob?
But before I could answer
Archer said, “Annabob!”

So that was my nickname
From ‘09 and on
Until my identity
was trampled on

I was running the track
towards the end of fifth grade
And that’s when my identity
Began to fade

A boy came up to me
A friend, I could tell
The words struck me hard
“Hi, Anna -- bel.”