Dear young poetry fans,
It has been a hard week for so many in New Zealand. I have loved reading all the stories of human kindness. I love the way we back each other when things get tough.
If you know classes or children that might like to write poems from the earthquake (doesn’t have to be on the earthquake) I have comfort book packs to send out. I am posting and sending as I get them. Please write From the earthquake in the subject line.
Under this are my TWO November challenges.
Take care dear young poets.
Writing from the Earthquake (please share)
I have invited children and classes to share experiences. I have already posted some poems.
You might write about the sounds, what moved, what it reminded you of. You might write about something good that happened like I did (see below). You might try writing a really really small poem or a longer poem with lots of details.
You might want to write about something else to take your mind off things like shudders and storms.
send to email@example.com Include name age year school. I will have The Letterbox Cat for some children and a comfort packs of books for others (books are comforting too!). I will post some on NOW ON and during the following weeks.
T h e N o v e m b e r c h a l l e n g e s
Challenge Number One: a set topic
Try writing a poem about summer.
Before you write hunt for summer things.
Use your senses to find words.
Make a chain of interesting summer words. Pick your favourites to put in the poem.
Link three summer words together. Make a pattern poem with summer words.
Hunt for a summer memory.
Imagine a summer you would love.
Paint a picture of summer with words.
Listen to every line and do a sound check.
Find some sizzling summer similes to use.
Hunt for things you to do in summer or eat.
What about the place you like to go in summer?
What is your favourite summer mood? Write a poem and hide that mood in the poem for me to guess.
Challenge Number Two: small poems
I love writing poems that use only a handful of words.
Every word has to count.
Your poem might paint a little picture.
Does it sound good?
You could try writing a couplet poem: just two lines that might hide or use tricky rhyme or no rhyme.
You could try writing a haiku: 3 lines and can be 5 syllables, 7 syllables, 5 syllables (doesn’t usually rhyme).
You could try writing a limerick.
You could write a small poem that is surprising.
You could write a small poem that is funny.
You could write a small poem that is thoughtful.
You could write a small poem that makes a pattern with words.
SEND your poem to firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE Monday November 28th
Include your name, age, year and name of school. You can include your teacher’s email if you like.
P l e a s e p u t ‘Summer poem’ or ‘Small poem’ in the subject line of your email.
I will pick some favourites to post on the blog and have a book for at least two readers and maybe even a book for a class.
I will do two posts on Wednesday 30th November.