Lamipofri: Named and Framed

Today I’m sharing a new form of poetry with you. It’s called a lamipofri. 

 

Framed:

heads alert
eyes watchful
they scent the moment,
hold pause –

then resume;

munching,
mooching,
……..mowing;

distant cattle
and a window into
my morning view.

Very rough draft © Kathryn Apel – all rights reserved.

 

By this point you are probably wondering; What is a lamipofri? It’s a poetry snapshot that’s quickly scribed, to give people an insight into the world around you at a given point in time – that point being the last minute as you’re scrambling for a Poetry Friday poem to post! Hence the name: LAst MInute of a POetry FRIday! The trick with the lamipofri is to pause, take a moment to look around and share that moment with others. But don’t take too long, or the moment will pass!

Next week, I’m hosting Poetry Friday right here! (You have no idea how many times I’ve scared myself, thinking the date has passed me by and I’ve missed it!) There will be no lamipofri next week! The really exciting news is that, between now and next Friday, I have a new picture book launching into the world, published by UQP, with vibrant, joyful illustrations by Renée Treml, and I am sooo looking forward to sharing more about that with you. For today, here is the cover, artwork by Renee and design by Jo Hunt.

Isn’t it glorious? Reason to smile, right there!

Almost 19 years after the first draft was penned, I will be as happy as a calf in rain, to share this with the world! (There is no rain in this book – but there is a calf, with a whole lot of sentiment attached!)

Thank-you to Karen at Karen Edmisten* for hosting us today. If anyone else is ever inspired to write a lamipofri, tag me in. (You’re not too late for today.😉)

Media Release & Sample Chapters

A beautifully crafted verse novel that will surprise and empower, Kathryn Apel’s Bully on the Bus is the ‘secret weapon’ that every bus-riding school kid should carry with them.

 

Everything about the process to publication is exciting! Yesterday was no exception, with the media release for ‘Bully on the Bus’ skipping out into cyberspace. I have been so impressed at every stage of my journey with UQP – so many truly delightful, talented people that I’ve had the absolute pleasure of working with, who believe in the Bully, and ‘get’ the heart of my writing.  Like these two snippets taken from the media release…

 

With hidden treasures for kids, parents and teachers alike and a heart-warming ending, Bully on the Bus gives courage to anyone who might feel small.

 

That happy place? It’s inside ME.

And if that’s not exciting enough, I’ve just had a little wander through the UQP website and I spy the bully! You can too, if you click on these colourful active links. You can even Take a look inside and read sample chapters.

Haven’t they done a beautiful job? I am so in love with that book!

Request a review copy via the Contact tab at the top of the page. (It’s hiding under the reddish menu dot, top right.)

I spy… The Bully!

Bully on the BusI’m so excited to share the gorgeous cover for ‘Bully on the Bus’ with you!

As if that’s not exciting enough… HOLDING that shiny-new book is even better! Who knew that an advance copy would hop into my letterbox this week? Not me!!

Leroy’s story always clutches at my heart. Reading it as a book squeezes every ounce of happy right up and bubbling out of me.
BullyCover

Pssst… Hop over to win your copy on Goodreads;
www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/87680-bully-on-the-bus.

Cover Art/Design: Jo Hunt
Publisher: UQP
Release Date: July 2014

Reasons to smile!