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Area poet muses of waking in Ireland on 'Area Voices'

Poetry written on paper tacked up on a wall
'March Ruminations' by local poet William Tecku.

William Tecku writes on scrolls, creating poetry that is both literary and visual.

Retired teacher William Tecku has been writing poetry on scrolls for the past 50 years, melding contemporary content with an antique medium.

Tecku said it creates an experience of both visual and literary art.

"I've found that the response for people looking at them, whether it's students or folks who might not ordinarily be reading some of my pieces ... really say, 'Oh that's different,'" Tecku said.

In this episode of Area Voices, Tecku discusses his connection to Ireland and his preference for scrolls. He also shares his poem March Ruminations: Part 5, a nostalgic musing of waking up in Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day.

April is National Poetry Month. Are you a poet who is interested in sharing your work with KAXE listeners? Make a voice memo and send it for consideration!

A lesson plan for Tecku's March Ruminations
William Tecku
William Tecku
A lesson plan to accompany William Tecku's "March Ruminations" poem.

Area Voices is made possible by the MN Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the citizens of Minnesota.

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Katie Carter started at Northern Community Radio in 2008 as Managing Editor of the station's grant-funded, online news experiment Northern Community Internet. She returned for a second stint in 2016-23. She produced Area Voices showcasing the arts, culture, and history stories of northern Minnesota.