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In honor of National Poetry Month this April, WKMS presents its 15th annual Poetry Minutes. Author and creative writing instructor at Murray State University, Constance Alexander, visits the Sounds Good studio to discuss this year's Poetry Minutes -- and helps Tracy Ross write a short poem himself in an on-air, pop-up poetry workshop. 

Poetry Minutes 2019: Write a Poem of Gratitude

Feb 25, 2019
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National Poetry Month is not until April but preparations are already underway in Calloway County.  WKMS is celebrating by broadcasting original short poems every day for the fifteenth year of Poetry Minutes. This year, we're inviting anyone ages 13 on up to write poems in 60 words or less, to be broadcast as Poetry Minutes.

The theme of gratitude is the centerpiece of this year’s Poetry Minutes, and writers of all experience and skill levels are invited to take the challenge to write short poems of 60 words or less.

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    Constance Alexander is a prolific poet, author, and businesswoman. In March/April of 2017, she was the featured artist of the Kentucky Arts Council. In honor of National Poetry Month, she visits Sounds Good to recite poetry minutes and discuss upcoming NPM events. 

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April is National Poetry Month!

Hear Poetry Minutes on WKMS weekdays in April at 8:30 a.m. during Morning Edition, approximately 11:20 p.m. during Sounds Good and at 4:18 p.m. during All Things Considered.

Poetry Minutes 2016: Sweet Sound of Sonnets

Apr 4, 2016
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April is National Poetry Month!

Hear Poetry Minutes on WKMS weekdays in April at 8:30 a.m. during Morning Edition, approximately 11:20 p.m. during Sounds Good and at 4:18 p.m. during All Things Considered.

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April is National Poetry Month!

Hear Poetry Minutes on WKMS weekdays in April at 7:18 a.m. during Morning Edition, approximately 12:18 p.m. during Sounds Good and at 4:18 p.m. during All Things Considered.

Celebrating Shakespearean 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

Teaching Poetry to Kids and Recording for Radio

Apr 8, 2013

Murray State’s Teacher Quality Institute’s Constance Alexander brings poetry to the studio on Sounds Good today. She’s produced Poetry Minutes for WKMS over the past several years. In the conversation, she reads some of the poems written by area school kids for the project, and talks about teaching poetry to kids, how to interpret something like a photo or painting using carefully constructed words.

Click here to listen to this year's Poetry Minutes.

Bonus: Here's last year's Poetry Minutes!

WKMS and Murray State University’s Teacher Quality Institute have teamed up for the sixth year of a special project during April, National Poetry Month. WKMS broadcasts Poetry Minutes showcasing original poems by students in grades 3 – 12 from schools throughout the region. Poetry Minutes air at 7:19 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and 4:19 p.m. weekdays through April 30. 

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Hear Poetry Minutes every weekday in April at 7:19 AM, 11:40 AM, and 4:19 PM

In honor of National Poetry Month, WKMS and Murray State University's Teacher Quality Institute have teamed up again for a special project during April, bringing short poems by students in western Kentucky public schools, that air at 7:19 a.m., 11:40 a.m. and 4:19 p.m. weekdays through Tuesday, April 30.

Poems About Picturing America, influenced by William Carlos Williams

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