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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 Umber Knife

Our ancestors tried

to make us perfect,

yet defiance

feels ultimate.

Punishments are worthwhile.

Smell fear

One scream.


without dreams,

life is blind

I wonder,

are rain droplets

afraid to fly?

But what can you do,

when you’re stuck

in an inescapable moment?

Whiskey violence.

Falling hard,

pain rushes.

It’s a downward spiral.

The world flips.

An umber knife

will cut deep,

but we are strong.

Not perfect,

but who is?

With this on my mind

I can never stop smiling.

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