WBEZ | poet http://www.wbez.org/tags/poet Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Poet Haki Madhubuti speaks in praise of libraries http://www.wbez.org/content/poet-haki-madhubuti-speaks-praise-libraries <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-03/library books_Flickr_CCAC North Library.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Among the belt-tightening measures Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed to ease Chicago’s budget woes were <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2011/10/19/save_chicagos_libraries.php">$11 million worth of cuts to city libraries</a>. The proposed cuts included reduced hours for all library branches and over 350 staff layoffs.</p><p>His plan has not been well received. More than half of Chicago aldermen protested earlier this week by <a href="../../story/majority-aldermen-call-budget-changes-93680">sending a letter to the mayor</a> to express their displeasure. Cultural denizens <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/chicago-blog/15010901/exclusive-chicagos-cultural-community-speaks-out-against-library-">have spoken out against the cuts, too</a>.</p><p>As of late Friday, Emanuel responded by <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/8609960-418/emanuel-to-ease-library-cuts-raise-all-city-sticker-fees.html">announcing plans to restore more than $3 million dollars to the CPL budget </a>and reducing both the number of layoffs and the number of weeks libraries would face shorter hours.</p><p>Nevertheless, libraries will still see reduced staffing and reduced hours under his latest proposal. And in an era of Amazon, of Tivo, and of the Kindle, some ask "What good is a library?"</p><p>Try asking this question to poet Haki Madhubuti, if you dare.</p><p>Madhubuti, best known for his affiliation with the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, is the founder of <a href="http://www.twpbooks.com/catalog/">Third World Press</a>, now the largest independent black-owned press in the country, and founder and director emeritus of the Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black Literature and Creative Writing at Chicago State University.</p><p>At a recent reading sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council, he described how, as a child, he would hide in the libraries of Detroit and read and read. The cool, quiet spaces were a refuge from the harsh realities of his fatherless childhood and his mother’s early death. They were also the place where he went to discover the great works of literature that sparked his young imagination, works like <em>Black Boy</em> by Richard Wright. &nbsp;</p><p>“What saved this boy,” he said, referring to himself in those precarious years, “was libraries.”</p><p>That’s nothing short of a life or death argument from one poet. Hear him make his case in the audio above, and decide for yourself.</p><p><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a><em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from </em>Chicago Amplified’s<em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Haki Madhubuti spoke at an event presented by the <a href="http://www.prairie.org/">Illinois Humanities Council </a>in October. Click <a href="../../story/word-across-generations-kevin-coval-haki-madhubuti-aaron-samuels-and-sage-morgan-hubbard-93473">here </a>to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Sat, 05 Nov 2011 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/poet-haki-madhubuti-speaks-praise-libraries Poet Garin Cycholl traces Chicago’s western boundaries http://www.wbez.org/story/poet-garin-cycholl-traces-chicago%E2%80%99s-western-boundaries-91489 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-02/old Cook County Hospital_Flickr_John Iwanski.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet Garin Cycholl is fascinated by America’s western edge. In his work he often finds himself asking: Where does one draw the line, and mark down the western-most border of the United States?</p><p>“Is it California? Hawaii or Alaska?” Cycholl remarked in <a href="http://www.chicagoflame.com/features/english-professor-garin-cycholl-and-the-boundaries-between-professor-and-person-1.1294408">a 2009 interview</a>. “The most western U.S. aircraft carrier in the Indian Ocean? The most remote Wal-Mart in western China?”</p><p>The Decatur, Ill. native has been known to apply a similar set of queries to his home state.</p><p>His first book, <em>Blue Mound to 161</em>, (Pavement Saw Press 2005) was a book-length poem on “geological and historical displacements in Southern Illinois.”</p><p>Now on the creative writing faculty at the University of Chicago, Cycholl has turned his focus to the city - and to some of its most problematic landmarks.</p><p>In his book-length poem <em><a href="http://www.moriapoetry.com/bonegathebook.pdf">The Bonegatherer</a></em>, (Moria Poetry 2011) Cycholl examines the geographic and social borders of Chicago’s West Side through the history of Cook County Hospital:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">where does “West Side” begin?</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at the Circle</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Racine</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Western</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; at Central</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;in County’s waiting room</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>The hospital is known for providing coverage to some of Chicago’s poorest residents, and Cycholl’s father worked as a medical student there in the mid-1960's.</p><p>Cycholl writes about the hospital and its spaces – its waiting rooms and examination rooms – in terms of the people who pass through its doors, but also in terms of its place in Chicago’s literal and historical landscape:</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">terminus of dis-</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">placement, suburb</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">of Mississippi</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">historically, the</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">spaces defining “West</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">Side”</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">&nbsp;County Hospital and</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">&nbsp;“the riots”</p><p style="margin-left: 28pt;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;"><em>but why not prairie</em>?</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp;</p><p><em>The Bonegatherer</em> is available <a href="http://www.moriapoetry.com/bonegathebook.pdf">here</a> in its entirety, but I recommend listening to Cycholl’s reading of the first section of the poem. You can hear his rendition in the audio above.</p><p><em><a href="../../series/dynamic-range">Dynamic Range</a> showcases hidden gems unearthed from Chicago Amplified’s vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Garin Cycholl read at an event presented by <a href="http://www.universeofpoetry.org/">UniVerse of Poetry</a> in April of 2010. Click <a href="../../episode-segments/chicago-poetry-cram-chicago-public-library-poetry-fest">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety.</em></p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/poet-garin-cycholl-traces-chicago%E2%80%99s-western-boundaries-91489 A tribute to poet Richard Fammerée http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-11/tribute-poet-richard-fammer%C3%A9e-86375 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-11/00-fammeree_schulman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://fammeree.com/" target="_blank">Richard Fammerée</a> died on Thursday, May 5, of Lou Gehrig’s disease. The poet, composer and singer founded <a href="http://www.universeofpoetry.org/" target="_blank">UniVerse of Poetry</a>. The group’s mission is universal dialogue, compassion and peace.</p><p>On Sunday, May 15, members of UniVerse will gather at the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/attractions/dca_tourism/Chicago_Cultural_Center.html" target="_blank">Chicago Cultural Center</a> to celebrate Fammerée. The ceremony won’t be traditional, which is fitting, because Fammerée was known for being a bit of a wanderer. A few years ago, he spoke to freelance radio producer Stanzi Vaubel.</p><p><em>Music Button: Joel Styzens, "It Was", from the CD Relax Your Ears, (A Sharp)</em></p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 14:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-11/tribute-poet-richard-fammer%C3%A9e-86375 Thursday Thingy: Billy Collins Action Poetry http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-04-28/thursday-thingy-billy-collins-action-poetry-85795 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-28/billy-collins-action-poetry-collage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" height="475" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-28/billy-collins-action-poetry-collage.jpeg" title="" width="476"></p><p>Just when I thought Billy Collins' poetry couldn't possibly get any better, this comes along.</p><p>I'd rather not taint your experience with unnecessary intros and blabbing. &nbsp;So here, just enjoy:&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.bcactionpoet.org/">Billy Collins Action Poetry</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>(And let me know if you were able to stop at one, or if you simply had to watch them all.)</p><p>Also, <strong>HIGH FIVES again to Lisa Coughlin and Anna Mangahas</strong> for concepting this week's dazzling mission. &nbsp;Thanks to the plethora of wonderful poems you've all submitted in the comment section, looks like we'll be having ourselves <strong>one super lush POETree!</strong></p><p>yours,</p><p>amy</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><strong>MISSION AMY KR HANDY LINKS:</strong></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/01/missions-accomplished-the-archive/12696" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);">Mission Archives</a></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://www.whoisamy.com/" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">Amy's Website</a></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mission-amy-kr/id420630232?mt=8" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">Download the Mission Amy KR mobile app</a></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/amykr" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">Subscribe to Mission Amy KR</a></p></p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 15:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-04-28/thursday-thingy-billy-collins-action-poetry-85795 Mission #70 Let's plant a POETree ! http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-04-25/mission-70-lets-plant-poetree-85646 <p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-25/Wallpaper-tree.jpeg" style="width: 499px; height: 490px;" title=""></p><p>April = <strong>Poetry Month</strong></p><p>Friday April 29 = <strong>Arbor Day</strong></p><p>So what happens when you put these two celebrations together?</p><p>We are going to plant a big, beautiful <strong>POETree!</strong></p><p><strong>HERE'S WHAT <u>YOU</u> DO NOW:</strong> &nbsp;Share a favorite poem in the comment section. The only criteria is that a) you have to really, really love it; and b) it's probably best if the poem is not super long. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>HERE'S WHAT <u>WE'LL</u> DO LATER:</strong> &nbsp;We will gather up the poems, transfer them to paper "leaves" which we will then hang from the best public tree we can find. We will document and preserve this magnifcent tree in photos and video, which we'll of course post here later. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>AND FOR ALL YOU ROMANTICS OUT THERE</strong>: If you want to dedicate a love poem (or heck, even write your own original love poem), just include your name and the recipient's name with the poem in the comment section. This way we can include that dedication info in the final video. (and what a surprise for that special someone, right?)</p><p><strong>ONE MORE VERY IMPORTANT THING:</strong> &nbsp;This week's POETree mission is "rooted" in an exchange we had here a few weeks ago, when I asked if anyone had a mission idea they'd really like to see happen. &nbsp;<strong>And so POETree kudos and full credit go to Lisa Coughlin and Anna Mangahas, cherished regulars of this blog.</strong>&nbsp; Thank you so much, Lisa and Anna.&nbsp;</p><p>ANNA MANGAHAS is a newbie AYSO soccer coach, lifetime learner, volunteer coordinator for the best non-profit ever (<a href="http://www.inspirationcorp.org/programs/cafe/cafe.html">Inspiration Corporation</a>) and soon-to-be teacher who likes to cook up trouble in and out of the kitchen. Her favorite bands are&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1303747368_5" style="line-height: 1.2em; outline-style: none;">Sly and the Family Stone,</span>&nbsp;<span class="yshortcuts" id="lw_1303747368_6" style="line-height: 1.2em; outline-style: none; cursor: pointer; background-color: transparent; border-bottom-style: none;">Michael Franti</span>&nbsp;and Spearhead. &nbsp;LISA COUGHLIN&nbsp;<a href="http://doughnutdreams.blogspot.com/">makes doughnuts</a> (<em style="line-height: 1.2em; outline-style: none;">not the kind you eat</em>) and dreams up ways she can make the world a happier, more wonder-filled place to be.</p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><strong>QUICK KEY LINKS:</strong></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://www.wbez.org/amykr/2010/01/missions-accomplished-the-archive/12696" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);">Mission Archives</a></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://www.whoisamy.com/" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">Amy's Website</a></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mission-amy-kr/id420630232?mt=8" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">Download the Mission Amy KR mobile app</a></p><p style="margin: 5px 0px 10px; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.4em;"><a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/amykr" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150);" target="_blank">Subscribe to Mission Amy KR</a></p></p> Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-04-25/mission-70-lets-plant-poetree-85646 After launching his career in Chicago, Poet Luis Rodriguez returns to give back http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-16/after-launching-his-career-chicago-poet-luis-rodriguez-returns-give-back <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-March/2011-03-16/Luis-Rodriguez.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Poet Luis Rodriguez is an activist and artist who has a deep and long-standing love affair with words. It all began in a somewhat unlikely time and place &ndash; in jail, during his troubled teen years.<br /><br />In the decades since, Rodriguez has become one of the most recognized Chicano writers in the country. His 1993 memoir <em>Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A.&nbsp;</em>won him the Carl Sandburg Literary Award. He&rsquo;s written numerous books and won plenty of awards since then.<br /><br />But after launching his career in Chicago, he left more than a decade ago to resettle in LA. Now he&rsquo;s back, at the invitation of <a href="http://www.uic.edu/jaddams/hull/hull_house.html" target="_blank">Jane Addams Hull House Museum</a>.<b> </b>They&rsquo;ve commissioned a new poem by Rodriguez for their <em>Alternative Labeling Project</em>.</p></p> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 13:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-16/after-launching-his-career-chicago-poet-luis-rodriguez-returns-give-back The Weekly Guide: Artist Krista Franklin paints the town http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/weekly-guide-artist-krista-franklin-paints-town-0 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Picture 012_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Maybe Martin Luther King Day celebrations are part of your schedule this weekend or perhaps you&rsquo;re prepping for the Bears playoff game on Sunday. Well &ndash; don&rsquo;t stop at two. &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; has plenty more ideas to fill up the weekend calendar.</p><p>Every week, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; invites a Chicagoan in the know to share his or her weekend plans &ndash; it&rsquo;s your <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/weeklyguide"><em>Weekly Guide</em>!</a></p><p>This week, artist and poet <a target="_blank" href="http://www.myspace.com/kristacfranklin">Krista Franklin</a> was in studio to break down some happenings. Franklin has a painting in WBEZ&rsquo;s <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-01-15/winter-block-party">3rd Annual Winter Block Party</a> for Chicago&rsquo;s Hip-Hop Arts which takes place this Saturday.</p><p><strong><br /></strong></p><p><strong>Krista's Picks:</strong></p><p>&quot;Paradigms and Points of View&quot; at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.starloungecoffee.com/">Star Lounge&nbsp;Coffee Bar</a><br />Friday, Jan. 14<br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.artic.edu/aic/exhibitions/exhibition/hawkins"><br />Richard Hawkins &ldquo;Third Mind&rdquo;</a>: Exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago in the Modern Wing<br />Closes Sunday, Jan. 17<br /><br />BYOBeats Live Featuring Djs: Rude 1, MassTransit, and dj shAde w special live performance by Dirty MF ft. Riley&rsquo;s Revenge<br /><a target="_blank" href="http://jerryssandwiches.com/index.html">Jerry&rsquo;s Sandwiches</a> <br />Saturday, Jan. 15<br /><br />Poet Kent Foreman Memorial Tribute<br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackpearl.org/">Little Black Pearl Arts Center </a><br />Sunday, Jan. 16 <br /><br /><a target="_blank" href="http://www.little-dragon.se/">Little Dragon</a> performs at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a><br />Part of Tomorrow Never Knows Festival<br />Sunday, Jan. 16</p></p> Fri, 14 Jan 2011 15:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/weekly-guide-artist-krista-franklin-paints-town-0