Poetry Box July challenge – a bedazzle of butterflies

 

 

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‘Some butterflies are see-through

with wings like panes of glass’

 

from  Secret World of Butterflies by Courtney Sina Meredith and Giselle Clarkson

(Allen & Unwin 2018)

 

 

This month I am using the most beautiful butterfly book as the starting point for your challenge.

If you live in Auckland you might be able to go and see the butterfly exhibition at Auckland Museum. Or you might be able to track down this book that has just arrived in the world all sheeny and new.

Poet Courtney Sina Meredith has come up with the sweet flowing words, Giselle Clarkson has created the vibrant illustrations and the Museum has provided fascinating facts.

It is a treasure of a book that is a delight to read and a delight to look at it.

I love butterflies. Whenever a monarch butterfly turns up in our garden I get goosebumps.

 

So let’s brighten up the chilly bite of July with butterfly poems.

 

I will read them all near the end of the month, post some favourites on July 31st and have a book for at least one poet.

 

Some writing tips

collect a big bunch of butterfly words before you start writing (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs) and a bouquet of similes

try writing a poem using no more than 16 words or so

use your senses to bring the butterfly alive

strong detail can shine

use a fascinating fact as a starting point

tell a little poem butterfly story

use a real experience

imagine something

make a butterfly poem that looks or moves like a butterfly

read your poem to someone before you send it to me – what will make it even better?

 

deadline: July 30th

send to: paulajoygreen@gmail.com

include: your name, age, year, school

essential: put butterfly poem in subject line so I don’t miss it

 

have fun!!!!

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “Poetry Box July challenge – a bedazzle of butterflies

  1. Cathy Mahoney

    Love this – we have the book in the library Paula.

    Will give it a go with a class after holidays but will only have a week to post before 31st. cathy

    Reply
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