Hi all. I’m popping back in to share another poetry treasure that arrived in my inbox, this from Tricia Stohr-Hunt, who wasn’t familiar with the work of Australian poets, and in reading around discovered my favourite, ‘My Country’, by Dorothea Mackellar. Tricia had planned to write a golden shovel – but instead crafted this wonderful poem, using lines from the first stanza of Dorothea’s poem.
So many lines resonate, but I especially love that third stanza; how it so effortlessly embellishes Dorothea’s treasured; far horizons and jewel-sea. And I adore; I see the world with poet’s eye / wide open to explore. Yes!
Thank-you, Tricia, for crafting your poem from a poem that strikes to the core of my heart. (And a poem, that I learnt this week, is my mother’s favourite poem, too.)
In amongst the tumultuous year, I’m excited and thankful to have a number of picture books at various stages of production – with two in particular going neck-and-neck over recent months. Yesterday I saw cover spreads for them both – which was exciting! After 11 years of no picture books, I still can’t believe I’ve had two bouncing along at the same time. For sure, they have kept me hopping! I can’t wait to share more about them. Soon…
And now I must away – because it’s that time of year, and I am again on a tight timeframe, marking entries in the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. I am so glad our kids have poetry; to express a stress, grapple with their place in the world, and find joy in simple things. This year, more than any other, they have needed it!
You will find the full Poetry Friday roundup at; thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown. Thanks, Ruth!