Melanie works with a writing group at Russley School in Christchurch and sent in some poems which I really loved. So I am going to share them with you.
But first …
Melanie also sent me on a fascinating train of thought as she said she used what she calls ‘The Paula Green Method.’ Which was rather cool but got me wondering if I do have a set method.
I guess there are some key things at work when I do poetry workshops.
I want children to fall in love with language and play.
Sometimes it can be a bit daunting to write a poem cold so we often go on word hunts. Which is what they did. There is no one way to do this but helps build a word field to play in.
I also strongly believe poetry can ignite the most reluctant writer and set them on all manner of discovery paths. Important!
Poetry can also challenge a sophisticated writer to take new risks.
I am more inclined to open doorways and paths than have a set goal in mind. If the child has sparked that is gold.
One day I need to down and write up the method(s) to my poetry madness!
I love the sound of these poems and the glorious detail. They are surprising. They build pictures and they build mood. I love the way they have played with how the poem sits on the page (form) and the way the lines move. Wonderful job! I am honoured you used a bit of my method to get here.
Here are the poems: