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44 Kids, 44 Poems: 'Words With Wings' Takes To The Air

In July 2019, Annie Garde ushered a flock of writers, ages 8-14, in KUFM's Studio B to read poems they'd written with the Missoula Writing Collaborative's "Words With Wings" summer camp. To prime the pump, teachers Dana Fitz Gale, Sheryl Noethe and Anna Zumbahlen dangled before their students art, verbal prompts and the occasional imaginary takeover of a university building.  Listen to "I'm From the Hayfields," "Ode to a Goat," "Non-Existant Pie," "You Are, You Are Not," "The Purple Bug," "The Best Night For Peach," "Ode to Chili" -- and 36 more.

Credit Nick Littman, Missoula Writing Collaborative
Nick Littman, Missoula Writing Collaborative
Words With Wings writer, July 2019

“Nature’s Inclusion” (Sage, age 12)

I am a lioness as she stalks her prey.
I am the midnight sky, silver stars upon it.
I am the little songbird, singing non-stop till evening.
I am the cheetah, racing across the savannah.
I am the solitary pine tree, standing when everybody else is cut down.
I am the acid rain, burning people and everything else.
I am the gap of pure blue in the cloud-filled sky.
I am a soft song of solitude, notes twining with air as I drift over open seas and finally reach the ears of a girl,
the one friend I will ever have.

“Freezer” (Asher, age 8)

Real name: Freezer.
Abilities: freezing people – and scaring people.
Allies: oven and toaster.
Enemies: knives, spoons, forks.
Hair: none.
Eyes: white.
First appearance: freezer.
Base: magic kitchen.

Credit Nick Littman, Missoula Writing Collaborative
Nick Littman, Missoula Writing Collaborative
Words With Wings writer, July 2019

“Lovers Of” (Delaney, age 13)

“The sky is the most enchanting, especially when it is grey,”
Said the pluviophile, some time ago.
Then the heliophile said, “Look
to the sun; it is a grand light.”
Then the cinephile said, “Mooooovies.”
But the Anglophile insisted on an hour of tea.
The Listzophile interrupted, with her love for fast piano.
The linguaphile wouldn’t stop talking
about the uses of some new word, with origins from the Middle East.
But the astrophile wished to talk about the latest on celestial bodies,
And no one was at peace.

Listen to poems written during the Words With Wings 2019 summer writing camp in three installments on "The Pea Green Boat:" Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, August 14, 15 and 16, 2019 between 4:00 - 4:55pm.

Beth Anne Austein has been spinning tunes on the air (The Folk Show, Dancing With Tradition, Freeforms), as well as recording, editing and mixing audio for Montana Public Radio and Montana PBS, since the Clinton Administration. She’s jockeyed faders or "fixed it in post” for The Plant Detective; Listeners Bookstall; Fieldnotes; Musicians Spotlight; The Write Question; Storycorps; Selected Shorts; Bill Raoul’s music series; orchestral and chamber concerts; lecture series; news interviews; and outside producers’ programs about topics ranging from philosophy to ticks.
Annie Garde is the Children's Program Director and host and producer of the Pea Green Boat and the Children's Corner.
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