a blue sky at our place!
Dear young poetry fans,
I do hope you have all had a lovely summer even if the sun didn’t shine as much as it usually does, the wind was windier and the rain was rainier.
I have been hard at work writing my big book but after I did a stunt-woman routine in my bedroom (BY ACCIDENT!) and flew through the air like a frisbee and crash landed on the wooden frame of the bed – I injured my back! So I have not been able to sit at the computer and do all the things I usually do. Now I can have small bursts.
So I am going to start the year off with a small-poem challenge for you.
Little poems are like chocolates – they can taste sweet or sour but they do TASTE!
You can play with how many words you use on each line because that will change the SOUND and the LOOK of the poem.
You can HIDE a very tiny thing in the poem: a glorious word, a single rhyme, an idea, an object.
The challenge: Try writing a bunch of small poems. Say no more than 16 words or no more than 10 words or no more than 20 words. YOU CHOOSE!
Give the poem a title. Those words don’t count in the total.
Try leaving the poem for a week before you send it to me and give it a sound check before you do. As a poet I always do this. I wrote a poetry ms last summer and I have left it for a whole YEAR!
Deadline: March 28th.
Email: write small poem in subject line
Send to: email@example.com
Include: your name, age, year and name of school. You can include your teacher’s email if you like.
I will post some favourites on APRIL 1st
and have a least one book to give away just because.
BTW I have finished my collection of children’s poems using the titles you all gave me! I loved doing it so much!
Molly wants to go for a walk! No swimming lessons for her this summer in the wild west-coast surf.