This is my last day in Christchurch and it is National Poetry Day. I think we should all buy a NZ poetry book today to celebrate poetry. I will hunt for one in Christchurch.
The new Poet Laureate has been announced, Vincent O’Sullivan, so I offer my warm congratulations. He has written some wonderful poems over the past decades.
Today I am off to Redcliffs School in Somner which I am very excited about. I have never been to this suburb before and I know it is very different now.
I have to say the schools in Christchurch are so friendly and the students so lovely. Yesterday I went to Roydvale School in Burnside and the children were really keen to join in. The very youngest children climbed on the stage and helped me make a long, elephant poem. Marvellous! I will do a post next week about my visit to Libby Watherstone’s class. The class was buzzing with poetry.
Yesterday I did a writing workshop with students at Christchurch Girls College and they dove in and gave it a go. We didn’t have much time but they showed how poetry can move in so many directions and that is what makes it rich.
hangs on the paddock
like whispy candy floss.
I stop the car and watch,
listening out for the sound
of cows, but my GPS
tells me to ‘go straight.’
If I am not careful, I might get lost
in the white fog.