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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.

The Little Voice Inside

Read by Jodi Egerton

Poetry readies

Its backpack for the long journey ahead

It contains only the essentials;

childhood memories, doozies and daydreams

Poetry meanders

To the suburbs

Tapping at my window playfully

Stretching out shamelessly on the shingles

It beckons me

come morning

Whispering softly down a gully

My feet have never trod

Poetry tugs

the hem of my woolen sweater

When I conceal myself in its security

Nudging me softly to speak powerfully

It  bites at my ears

when harsh words pummel my spirit

Demanding that I retaliate

against my feares and foes

Today it takes my hand gingerly

Down to that gully

To place my footprint

It its easy soil

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