Today is Friday – which makes it a poetry day! … After a whole WEEK of wonderful poetry days!! You can catch the link-up at Reflections on the Teche, where Margaret is hosting us this week. Thank-you Margaret. 🙂
Last night I arrived home from an author tour in and around Melbourne – and I had a blast! Talk about eyes opened. That is one HUGE city! But I covered north and south and centre in a wonderful crammed week of school visits, bookshop workshop, kidlit conference, networking, research, friending and just the teensy-tiniest smidgen of sleeping!
And I ticked a few big boxes! Like… flying solo on the trains – with changeovers! I’ve been squishy-hugged in a train door (yowzers, those things have some muscle!) – but I survived… and so did my laptop!! #mymainconcern I rode the trams. Had horse-drawn carriages clopping past my balcony near midnight, Saw a hot air balloon (would love to add that one to my #listofthingstodo – but am a wee-big-bit freaked by the idea, since #scaredofheights…) and… huge and unexpected excitement… rode in a double-decker bus! You can catch something of the euphoria of country girl flying solo (with the help of just-the-right-many friends!) in the big-city from my Instagram feed; @kat.apel.
I was also thrilled to appear on the very lovely Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’ blog last week, where Too Many Friends got some amazing American ditty-love. Thank-you so much to Michelle for having me – and prompting all the beautiful comments that set my heart to skipping. Thanks also for sharing the love – and the Friends. (Giveaway winner is announced today – on Michelle’s blog.)
I thought life would be slower after Melbourne – but the snowball just started hurtling downhill! I really want to share more of the ‘wonderful’, but that will have to be in future posts…
For now, I leave you with this. In fact, it was written in preparation for my visit – after a passionate and skilled teacher-librarian had read and discussed my verse novel ‘On Track’ with the class – looking at (amongst other things) alignment and white space on the page. The poems the kids had written (about ANZAC Day) just blew me away. I read them the night before my visit, and wondered what I could possibly add, to enhance their blossoming creativity and in-touch emotions – because Kim and those kids were doing so well without me! This is just one from a widely-varied selection. (Not all of them shape poems.) Whilst I admire the visual, it works because it enhances the well-structured words. That use of the quote to close … So powerful.
May your Friday shape into beauty and poetry.
Postscript: What a treat to click across to pop my link up for Poetry Friday and see ‘Too Many Friends’ already there! The delightful Irene Latham has a review and interview on her Live Your Poem blog today.