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National Public Radio (NPR) recently featured a Tulsa-based English and creative writing teacher’s poetry as part of its ongoing #NPRpoetry project.

The radio network has been soliciting poetry from listeners via Twitter all this month. Why? Because, in addition to April being National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (more about that here), it also happens to be National Poetry Month (more about that here).

As such, Jenny Flower’s feed (@jennylynnflower) has featured at least one poem per day since April 3.

Via email Tuesday, the self-described “Momma Teacher Poet Writer” stated to our education correspondent, John Thompson, that her tweeted lines are “… inspired by the public education funding crisis in this state and the overall state of education in America.”

NPR posted one of her opening missives (below) in its online Arts & Life section on April 8:

The devil’s in the details

Despite Twitter’s 140-character limit, Flower’s poems speak volumes about frustration and exasperation at the state’s current crisis in education funding. For example, one could infer that the capitalization in the line “asking Chump change” intends to create a double-entendre — state government has devalued its educational system, so we need to change out the “chumps” in charge.

Here’s a sampling of some of her other verses expressing similar ire:

To submit your own entries into NPR’s month-long poetry project, simply compose a poetic tweet and include #NPRpoetry.

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Josh McBee earned a bachelor's degree in English and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. He has reported and edited for newspapers and other media in Oklahoma, Colorado and California.