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Radio Poet Gerelyn


Hear a different poet at 6:49 a.m. Monday - Thursday throughout the month of April, which is National Poetry Month. Today's poet is Gerelyn reading, "I am Art Master." National Poetry Month was originally organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. 

For several years KALW has partnered with America Scores and the San Francisco United School District to bring you original poems written by young students, read in their own voice. 

I Am Art Master by Gerelyn N.

I am an art master.               

I have no fear of patterns.

It lives in my dream, running circles around my head, 

spilling out of my hands and onto the canvas of the world. 

I can see paint brushes chasing each other

back and forward crushing the papers with my


I can taste the bright neon colors with every single stroke. 

Feeling sweaty bright colors bursting onto the lovely masterpiece of art. 

I can smell the checkered patterns oozing out black and white. 

Hearing people sketching their drawings.

I have no fear of patterns.

Kevin Vance created a program of folk music for KALW, A Patchwork Quilt, in October 1991. He grew up in Berkeley during the 1960s and '70s and spent his years learning in public schools, community colleges, bookstores, libraries, and non-commercial radio stations, as well as from the people around him. When he's not on the radio, then he's selling books, taking care of his family, listening to music, entering stuff into a computer, or taking a class.