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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 Easily Forgotten

I am from a ragdoll,

from “act like a girl” and a rundown

neighborhood park,

from cake on holidays

from “don’t give up”

and “you need to try it first before you say you hate it.”

I am from a large oak tree,

from dark brown eyes,

from Maria and Lovino.

I am from stories with a large caterpillar

and a humongous hat.

I’m from beans and eggs with a side of soup.

I’m from a Catholic family,

cookies and candy in the kitchen,

the graying hair on my grandma’s head

and the large black glasses that frame her eyes.

Around my neck

I wear a locket with a picture in it—

a smile tugging at my mother’s lips

and tears spilling out of my brother’s eyes,

a stern expression adorning my father’s face—

I am from those moments

so easily forgotten.

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