Poetry Box May challenge: a festival of epic NZ GO GIRL poems

 

This month the challenge is inspired by Barbara Else’s magnificent book: Go Girl: A Story of Epic NZ Women.

See my review here.

I love the idea of boys and girls writing poems about girls and women who are EPIC.

 

EPIC women might be famous. You might need to go hunting in your library. You might discover someone we don’t know much about.

EPIC women might be someone we know like our sister or mother or grandmother. You might need to go hunting in your family tree or your neighbourhood.

EPIC women might be in the news on TV or on the radio.

You might be inspired by the EPIC women in Barbara’s book and choose one of those.

 

I will have a poetry book for at least one poet who does this   CHALLENGE  !  And I will buy one of you a copy of GO Girl because I love it so much.

 

 

Some writing tips

Before you start writing collect words and details you might or might not include.

Do some research. Ask people questions. Look in books.

Do you want to write a plump poem full of many details or a skinny poem that picks some key things? Both are good. Try it both ways.

Show what is epic without using the word epic. Small kindnesses can be as epic as running as fast as a cheetah. Find the things that fascinate you about this person.

Pick the three most important adjectives about this person  and then try to find ways of showing these qualities without using the adjectives you picked. Now there’s a poetry challenge! If she is strong, how is she strong?

How many words will you put on the line? That changes the beat and the look of the poem.

Read your poem out loud.

Don’t send the day you write it. Read it again the next day to see if you are happy with every word.

 

Deadline etc

Deadline:  Tuesday Monday 28th May

Send to: paulajoygreen@gmail.com

Include: your name, age, year and name of school. You can include your teacher’s email if you want

Important: To make sure I read your email put GO GIRL poem in the subject line

 

I will post poems on May 31st.

 

H a v e   f u n

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