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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.

Identity

Read by  Shawna Butler

The day I threw my name into a pond

I lived.

I became one instead of two -

Right and wrong combined

My true self emerged

bowties, monocles,

furs made of snow

and to top it off, a hat

and a wicked laugh.

The hat made the new me

striking

amazing

and absurd!

I added a cotton ball tail

and lightning fast feet

and more and more

until

one day

someone found

in the same pond

the name

I had thrown away forever.

Now I am two again -

one wandering, silent, obedient, naïve girl

the other a wild white bunny with a cotton ball tail,

top hat

and wicked laugh

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