Zombies Capture Author's Imagination

As part of Tell Me More's series for National Poetry Month, host Michel Martin shares another poetic tweet. Tuesday's tweet comes from author Stacey Graham of Bluemont, Va. Listeners are invited to tweet original poems of 140 characters or less to #TMMPoetry.

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, Washington, D.C.'s Howard Theatre was the music hub for African-Americans back in the day, but the theatre had to close its doors when it fell on hard times. Now, the Howard has swung open the doors again. We'll take a look at the history of the famed Howard Theatre and a look at its future in just a few minutes.

But, first, we have the latest in our series, Muses and Metaphor.

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MARTIN: We've been celebrating National Poetry Month by hearing your poetic tweets. We've been asking you to send us poems that are 140 characters or less. Today, we hear a tweet from Stacey Graham from Bluemont, Virginia. Stacey is the author of two forthcoming books, "The Girls' Ghost Hunting Guide" and "Zombie Tarot." She's also founder of the website Zombie Dating Guide.

Now, remember, these are short, only 140 characters each. Here's a tweet by Stacey Graham.

STACEY GRAHAM: Hills full of children laughing as they glide down slopes. Zombies make great sleds.

MARTIN: And we know those go by pretty fast, so let's hear it again.

GRAHAM: Hills full of children laughing as they glide down slopes. Zombies make great sleds.

MARTIN: That's a poetic tweet submitted by Stacey Graham. If you would like to help us celebrate National Poetry Month, tweet us your original poetry using fewer than 140 characters, of course. If your poem is chosen, we will help you record it for us and we will air it in the program this month. Tweet us using the hashtag #TMMPoetry. You can learn more at the TELL ME MORE website. Go to NPR.org, click on the Programs menu and find TELL ME MORE.

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