Flagstaff Visitor Center

In today’s Poetry Friday segment, an homage to some of downtown Flagstaff’s most notorious and memorable characters. James Jay’s poem “Freddy Arizona and the Trains” is an amalgamation of people wrapped up into one real man, gone for some years now. If you hung out in downtown Flagstaff in the 80’s and 90’s, you may remember Freddy. Here’s poet, James Jay.

Poetry Friday: A Dad-Daughter Reading With a Surprise Ending

Jun 15, 2018
John Running

It’s Poetry Friday. And in honor of Father’s Day, we have a dad and daughter reading. Matt and Anya Kaplinski of Flagstaff both chose very famous poems to read. But they had surprise poems for each other at the end.

MK: Hi, my  name’s Matt Kaplinski.

AK: Hi, my name is Anya and I’m 7 years old.

MK: I’m gonna read ‘Jabberwocky’ by Lewis Carroll. I like reading the crazy words. 

“Jabberwocky” By Lewis Carroll

’Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:

Jon Bannon

When you write poems, and you own a bar, and you’re a little bored during the winter, you come up with The Whiskey Box Sonnets. At least that’s what Flagstaff poet James Jay did. He gives us the next installment of KNAU’s series Poetry Friday.

Poetry Friday: Dreaming of Creeks and Deer

Jun 1, 2018
Anthony Flesch

Oak Creek in Sedona is one of the most spectacular and special riparian habitats in the Southwest. It’s home to many aquatic and earthly creatures, and it’s a favorite hiking spot for Anthony Flesch, this week’s Poetry Friday reader. His quick, original poem “Deer Bed” will make you want to spend the day by the meandering creek.

Scott Thybony

Anyone familiar with Scott Thybony’s Canyon Commentaries knows the Colorado Plateau is the landscape of his soul. That’s probably why the poem “Perhaps in a Crown Royal Bag” by Arizona writer Amy Hale Auker speaks to him loudly. Scott recites it for us on this Poetry Friday.