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Poetry Minutes 2014: Celebrating Sonnets!

April is National Poetry Month!

Hear Poetry Minutes on WKMS weekdays in April at 7:19 a.m. during Morning Edition, at 11:19 a.m. during Sounds Good and at 4:19 p.m. during All Things Considered.

Celebrating Shakespearean Sonnets

This year, kids from Murray Middle School are celebrating by reading and writing sonnets inspired by Shakespeare. Dr. Barbara Cobb of the Murray Shakespeare Festival coordinated with area schools to bring Shakespeare into the classroom through reading and writing workshops. WKMS had the opportunity to record Kristen Swisher's 4th Grade class at Murray Middle School reading their own creative works. 

Made Possible By

Poetry Minutes are underwritten by Primary Care Medical Center of Murray. Special thanks to Kristen Swisher and her talented class, also to Kiera Taylor for recording intros and outros. The theme song is "Forever (Instrumental Remix)" by Escort.

Hear the Poetry Minutes Online:

Here's the schedule. We'll add the audio after each minute finishes its broadcast run on air.

April 1: "Laser Dino" by Aidan Wix

April 2: "Thy Gymnastics" by Eliana Purcell

April 2 - "Thy Gymnastics"

April 3: "Ash My Cat" by Emily Snellen

April 3 - "Ash My Cat"

April 4: "Better Than the Lakers" by Caleb Cauley

April 4 "Better Than The Lakers"

April 7: "Star Wars Episode VII" by Andrew Orr

April 7 - "Star Wars Episode VII"

April 8: "My Best Friend" by Skylar Swalls

April 8 - "My Best Friend"

April 9: "NCAA Players" by Caden Kelly

April 9 - "NCAA Players"

April 10: "The Church Has Called for Me to Sing" by Jade Oakley

April 10 - "The Church Has Called For Me To Sing"

April 11: "A Gloomy Day" by Jonas Stockwell

April 11 - "A Gloomy Day"

April 14: "Obi Wan" by Joseph Whisenant

April 14 - "Obi Wan"

April 15: "Shall I Compare School Breaks to School?" by Emily Burditt

April 15 - "Shall I Compare School Breaks to School?"

April 16: "Math Beats Poetry Again" by Abhishek Das

April 16 - "Math Beats Poetry Again"

April 17: "Wolves" by Isaac Bourne

April 17 - "Wolves"

April 18: "Hawaii" by Dhevin Patel

April 18 - "Hawaii"

April 21: "NBA Players" by Chase Renick

April 21 - "NBA Players"

April 22: "Snakes" by Nathan Fang

April 22 - "Snakes"

April 23: "Ice Cream" by Cammie Arnett

April 23 - "Ice Cream"

April 24: "Video Games" by Gavin Klotz

April 24 - "Video Games"

April 25: "Jedi" by Joshua Eaton

April 25 - "Jedi"

April 28: "Upset" by Nickolas Holcomb

April 29 - "Upset"

April 29: "Our Trip" by Apirada Chetawatee

April 29 - "Our Trip"

April 30: "Friends" by Ainsley Byers

April 30 - "Friends"


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Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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