Memphis Street Paper Gives Voice To A Poet

Thaddeus "Theddy" Wilkes began writing poetry that speaks to the plight of the homeless. He is pictured outside St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Memphis where the papers are distributed to vendors. Photo by Christopher Blank, Nov. 14, 2013.

Thaddeus “Theddy” Wilkes began writing poetry that speaks to the plight of the homeless. He is pictured outside St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Memphis where the papers are distributed to vendors. Photo by Christopher Blank, Nov. 14, 2013.

When a new street paper called “The Bridge” was first published in Memphis earlier this year, Thaddeus “Theddy” Wilkes began writing poetry that speaks to the plight of the homeless.  He’s become a bit of a sensation for paper, which is published by students at Rhodes College and was inspired by Nashville’s “The Contributor.”

From WKNO in Memphis, Christopher Banks has the story, and the poetry, of Theddy Wilkes. Listen here:


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