Don’t forget about the two competitions on Poetry Box

This year I launched my poetry book, The Baker’s Thumbprint, at the Auckland Writers Festival. I felt very moved when an Auckland poet gave me a present ( You don’t expect presents at book launches so it was a lovely surprise). Siobhan Harvey is a poet who works hard for the good of poetry as well as writing her own poems. She told me when you launch a book you need to be given a book. When I got home and read the card and saw the beautiful book it meant a lot to me. So thank you, Siobhan.

Because I already have a copy of this gorgeous book , I asked Siobhan if she would be happy to offer it as a prize on Poetry Box — so that is what we are doing.

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This is the book: A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms selected by Paul Janeczko and illustrated by Chris Raschka published by Candlewick Press in 2005 hardback and paperback 2009 (It is an American book). The illustrations are so good you want to eat them! They are paper collages with a bit of paint here and there. The poems are really good too. I love this book!

Here is your challenge:  DEADLINE is 6pm Friday August 16th NZ Poetry Day 

You will have three weeks to do this —  you can follow the blog for two weeks and experiment with poems in the third week. You will find out about different poetry forms (think of them as houses) each day.

Your challenge is to pick a poetry form (a poetry house) and build your own poem.

It might be a haiku, or an ode, or couplets, or tercets, or a sonnet or you might make up your own. Don’t worry if you don’t know what these all are yet, you will soon!

Send to Include your name, age, year and name of school. If you can include your teacher’s name and email address please as there is a prize involved.

Have fun! Explore! Invent! Share!

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