Poetry Pep-Ups

Oh my. What a busy week of poetry it has been! Though I’ve thought many nights that I don’t have the focus or the creativity for #PoeTryHope – somehow every night, some little moment of joy (or silliness) works its way into words. I’m posting them on Instagram – but here is a quick screengrab of where it’s at at this moment. There may have been a blooper this week – that my sister called me on.๐Ÿคญ

Also this week, the delightful Laura Shovan’s #WaterPoetryProject kicked off – across all platforms. So I’ve been writing a poem-a-day for this, too and sharing them on Twitter. Find them and more atย #WaterPoemProject.

I’m pretty sure it’s the poetry – the poetry community –ย that has kept me grounded in this most unsettling time!

I’ve been adding new writing projects to my site for kids to access, either self-directed, or as school-based activities. The most recent addition is the ‘Progressive Stories‘ tab – from activities I’ve previously run online as a part of the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale. You can find these in the drop down tab, under Kids’ Stuff. I’ve been delighted to see the increased traffic on my blog, indicating that schools around the world have been accessing activities over recent weeks. It makes if feel like I’ve contributing in a positive way. Guessing there’s lots here who know that feeling! I’m working on more activities to add over the coming week.

More information; https://www.dorothea.com.au

Speaking of kids and poetry… For the Aussies; the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards is open. I’m thrilled to be judging this again. Kids, this is the perfect time to get your entries ready! You can enter as individuals, or as a part of your school – so if you have questions, ask your parents and/or your teachers. I am so looking forward to reading lots of thoughtful, joyous, wonderful words!

I’m sure my Poetry Friday friends will have lots of great posts for you to read – so click across to the lovely Tabatha’s blogย where you will find the round-up. Spend some time with the PoetryFriday crew – maybe chime in with a comment or poem of your own. (Or not. Either is fine. ๐Ÿ™‚ ) But please do take a breath, pause and let poetry take you places.

And stay home!


  1. What a rich post. I love that you are spending so much time with poetry. Me too! And, I quite agree that it helps me feel grounded. Focus is tough…when my older teens and young adults are frustrated, the Mom in me drops everything and tries to help them with whatever they are feeling…fortunately, my youngest takes it out by baking! I was doing great on instagram and then kind of lost my ooomph for it. I love all the poems in your screen grab! I need to go back over to insta and see them. What fun. ‘Be the One’ is perfect. It’s upbeat and to the point of what’s needed. love it! Give your sister a elbow bump from me for catching your typo! Love sisters!

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    • Lucky you with a baker in the house! Though I’m thinking so many grown kids at home at once for an extended period could produce some interesting moments. We just have one home. The otherie is still at work – and when that gets to the point of work from home, it won’t be our home, cause he’s reliant on good internet – and lots of it! And my sister doesn’t need any encouragement!!! (This time it wasn’t a typo. I had a blonde moment with the flour expiry date. And she spotted it. BUT – that gave me another fun poem. Red-faced, but no regrets.๐Ÿ˜น


  2. I’ve loved every one of your Instagram posts, Kat, laughed about the flour/bread, but happy it was delish! This poem highlighted today is special. “Be The One” needs to be a billboard! Wishing you & your family continuing health this tough time in our lives.

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    • I am still laughing about that bread flour. And I’m so glad you like ‘Be the One’. I was kinda hoping it would go viral (no pun intended!) and get the message out – but I’m not a good enough social influencer.๐Ÿ˜† Stay safe, Linda. And keep posting to Insta. (It’s a much happier place than Twitter.)

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  3. Than you, thank you, thank you! I love the generosity from the poetry community to share resources and bits of joy through this time. Together, we will get through this.

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    • Thank-you, Mary Lee. To be honest, Insta is my happy place online. Twitter is where I vent (and get freaked out by TMI) – and share good stuff (I hope). But Insta is mostly joy.


  4. Go, Kat! Not only are you writing poems, you’re formatting them beautifully on images! I especially enjoyed “You’re The One!”, “23 Days,” and “Quack Evacuation.” (I wonder what your sister said? Nothing jumps out at me.) Stay safe xo

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    • Thank-you, Tabatha. To explain my sister… In fact, it’s what I did. I misread a Use By date, and thought I’d found a bag of old flour in my freezer (https://www.instagram.com/p/B-HaCZ2AYXL) but my sister spotted my mistake and direct messaged me (“You dill!!!) – which prompted the next day’s poem (https://www.instagram.com/p/B-J-sCoAnsd). AND – I have to say, I *did* have a bag of that flour in my freezer for many years (after my last breadmaker failed – but I think hubby finally used it earlier this year (and then replaced it), when he bought a new bread maker.๐Ÿ™ƒ Take care! xx


  5. As a teacher, I am so thankful for all of the resources being shared. They are truly appreciated. My, you have been busy! I love the Raindrop poem, especially the reference to cats and dogs. I will have to show this one to my 6th graders to see if they catch it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Hi, Kat. I’m in awe of all of the poems you have been writing! Thank you for sharing these resources and for joining in with the #WaterPoemProject. Thinking of you, friend!

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