writing a poem is like riding a bicycle into places you know well, places you are seeing for the first time and places you have to imagine – on the way is the best part of writing a poem!
This is our first poetry challenge of the year. I will also post bits and pieces between now and April 30th when I post some favourite poems.
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My poetry challenges are open to New Zealand students from Y0 to Y8. Make sure you include the details I ask for below.
This is not a competition but I will send at least one poetry book to someone.
The challenge: o n t h e w a y poetry
The most important thing for me as a poet is writing the poem.
When I write a poem I am on the way somewhere as I write and I often don’t know where.
I surprise myself every time!
For this challenge I want you to pay attention when you are on the way somewhere and see what you discover.
It might a be a long or a short journey: to the school hall or the shops or the beach or your grandparent’s place or on holiday or another country or to the kitchen or the back fence.
We are often so busy racing to get to our DESTINATION we miss surprising wonderful things on the way.
I keep hearing things that surprise me.
Sometimes I like to stop and stand still and use all my senses to discover something I have never noticed.
Collect sights and sounds and smells and things that happen and use something as the starting point for a poem.
Try writing your poem as though you don’t know how it is going to turn out – so you are writing to discover something.
You might write your poem outside somewhere – half way to your destination.
It might be a list poem
or a short short poem like a haiku or made-up tiny tiny poem
or a poem that tells a story
or a poem that has rhyme on the end of the line
or a poem that showcases magnificent similies
or have strong detail.
You might use your imagination
and invent what you discover on the way
to somewhere you have never been.
When you try writing have fun, it’s the best thing ever – which is why I am still doing it! Check out my poem below.
HOT TIP: wait a few days before you send your poem so you can listen to it one more time!
Deadline: Friday 27th April
Send to: email@example.com
Include: your name, year, age and name of school
Important: put on the way poem in the email subject line please so I don’t miss it!!!
I will post some favourites on Monday 30th April.
I got the Northern Explorer from Auckland to Wellington last year and saw the North Island in new ways from the train window!
The cloud is a grey clump
above the grey hill
They are whispering secrets
I can’t hear what they are saying
The hill sees herself in the clouds
The clouds see themselves in the hill