This week around the interwebs, poets are posting their poems that didn’t make it into the One Minute Till Bedtime collection, released by Little, Brown in the US on the 1st of November.
The poem I subbed (with American spelling and all!) was Mommy’s Shadow. But to be completely honest with you, it was actually written as Daddy’s Shadow – and like My Dad (which did make it into the anthology) was inspired by my young sons and their interactions with their Dad, who, of course, they doted on! I’d tucked both poems away for many years… But because I was already submitting a Dad-poem for consideration, I tweaked the shadow, to complete the set. Which left me in a bit of a pickle for this non-minute poem… because I still prefer Daddy’s Shadow. So – that’s what I’m posting here.
My Daddy has a shadow
and it follows him about.
It’s the perfect little helper,
there isn’t any doubt.
If Daddy’s in the garden,
then his shadow potters through.
While Daddy’s washing up the car,
his shadow splashes too!
When Daddy’s feeling lazy
and just wants to have a rest …
He’s lucky I’m his shadow
‘cause I’m always full of zest!
© Kathryn Apel.
All rights reserved.
You can read about Kenn’s process to selecting and arranging the poems – with links to the 15 Australian poets included – on my previous blog post; Collating an Anthology – with Kenn Nesbitt. You can read more non-poems at jackiehoskingblog.wordpress.com, and on the Poetry Friday link-up, collated by Bridget at Wee Words for Wee Ones.
This week’s Poetry Friday post is about another short-form poem to build your writing muscles on – the epigram. I’m linking direct to the new page I’ve created, under the Whisker of Poetry tab, so that it’s easy for people to click back and find at a later date.
To read about the wise and witty bite-sized ditty, you’ll need to click the link, or click on the pictured epigram. They’ll take you straight across. And to get the full Poetry Friday round-up, visit Tricia, at The Miss Rumphius Effect.
It’s been a while since I stretched my wings on Storybird, but over the weekend I hatched a couple of poems, and as always had fun with the format – so thought I’d share two with you.
I saw carrots in this art by Bitskoff, and thought of my son, who would easily eats 1kg of carrots in a day – every day, if he could! But maybe we all would like some carrots (even little mousies) … so sharing is a good thing to remember. 😉
There’s a new book coming, 1st November, that’s starting to make a lot of noise around the interwebs. It’s a hardcover poetry collection edited by former US poet laureate Kenn Nesbitt, illustrated by Christoph Niemann, and published by Little, Brown. With over 140 new poems from more than 130 poets around the world, I’m thrilled to have my poems, ‘My Dad’ and ‘School Bus’ included. This is my first foray into the American publishing market, so it is mildly wildly exciting!
A dreamy collection of bedtime poems and witty illustrations that’s anything but sleepy.
Read the full Kirkus Review starred review.
Aussies can pre-order from Fishpond, Booktopia and Book Depostory.
Expect to hear more about this book in coming weeks! I can’t wait to see it!! 😀
Publisher: Little, Brown
Last week I created a tetractys page, with how-to and examples. Such a versatile little poetry form. I particularly like the double tetractys, and included a couple of my own variants, including the homonym, and homphone tetractys – but discovered I didn’t have a homograph tetractys. But I do now. You will perhaps recognise numerous clichés, cut and confuddled to create the poem.
Lead Homograph Tetractys
Sometimes it feels like there are lots of empty gongs clanging loudly in life – filling the silence of those who are quietly, consistently putting words into actions. Sometimes my heart sinks like lead, listening…
You can read more about the tetractys under the ‘Whisker of Poetry’ drop-down tab. I think my favourite has to be the ‘War’ homophone tetractys. Perhaps you’d even like write one yourself. Feel free to share in the comments.
This week I’m visiting Alphabet Soup Blog, to kick off the Pass the Book Baton series. I’m responding to Joseph, who says;
I really enjoyed Bully on the Bus and On Track, both verse novels. But you’ve written other books, too. Why did you decide to write those two books as verse novels?”
Click on the link to read that interview. And visit Violet Nesdoly | Poems where you will find all the Poetry Friday links for the week. Enjoy!
** To answer Brenda’s question in the comments, this is how you have some control over the formatting in your comments. By typing this, when it’s posted as a comment it looks like my response to Brenda, below.
Earlier in the year I saw a tweet by Jocelyn Blumgart (@jocpyp) introducing me to the poetry form lunes, as shared by one of our Poetry Friday crew, Alan Wright, during a workshop he was presenting in Adelaide.
For Poetry Friday today, I share my first attempt at a lune, inspired by our indolent SavvyCat, snapped in holiday mode earlier this week. Continue reading
Last week was a happy week for me.
- I signed a contract on a new verse novel for younger readers. *excitement*
- I discovered a ‘Bully on the Bus’ classroom door. Online. But an actual door, to an actual classroom in Victoria.
My poem, illustrated by Tony Flowers, in the latest edition of Countdown. 100 years of School Magazine. Could this have been an Olympic gold medal winner…? 😉
Who knew that poetry used to be an Olympic sport? From 1912-1948, Olympians competed in The Arts, which included architecture, sculpture, painting, music and … literature. Medals were awarded for works inspired by sport. In fact, founder of the Modern Olympic, Baron Pierre de Coubertin is a previous gold medal winner, with his poem, ‘Ode to Sport’ (1912) written under the pen-names Georges Hohrod and M. Eschbach. For the musicality of it, I like stanza VI, but IX sums up the heart of the Olympics. Continue reading
Thanks to the Poetry Friday community, I heard about, and signed up for, the 2016 Poetry Postcard Project, conducted each year at Silver Star School, Vancouver and co-ordinated by MsMac. Students wrote and illustrated postcards, which were then sent out to all who nominated to receive one. (I know a number have winged their way to Australia, because I shared the link with some friends… 🙂 )
Mine arrived last Friday.
I was reading along loving the poem I received, until … Continue reading
In the middle of Poetry Month, America celebrates Poem in Your Pocket Day.
‘People celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem.’ (https://www.poets.org)
We don’t have a Poem in Your Pocket Day in Australia. But this Thursday (21 April) when America celebrates pocket poetry, I’m going to be sharing a little bit of literary love in Australia.
Because it’s my first time taking part, I’m going to share short poems. The Solage is always a joke with middle and upper primary kids, and I thought I’d tell a couple of Fibs, too. For the littlies, there’s a pony poem, and a shape poem about friends.
You’re welcome to download my page of pocket poems and cut them up to share around. Kids love poetry! Mayhaps you do too…
Click the pic to download.