Weekly update

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Please note that the information in this post (posted on 31 May) has been amended. ALL poetry information is now found on the main ‘Competitions’ page here.

Direct link at: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/competitions/

 

Here are this week’s updates.

 

COMPETITIONS

The 2014 Toolangi C. J. Dennis Poetry Competition has opened for entries.

Click here for more information:

 

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

A reminder about the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards – The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia.

Click here for more information.

 

Poems about Myths and Legends

Click here for more information regarding an anthology of poems for children about myths and legends.

 

NOTE:

All competition details (in chronological order for deadline listings) are listed on the main ‘Competition’ page at: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/competitions/

 

LINKS

There is a great article on poetry for children in the May 2014 Books for Keeps.

For more information, click here:

 

POETS A-Z

An article on Henry Lawson (contributed by Robyn Youl) has been added to our growing list of talented Australian poets.

Link at:

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/k-o-2/henry-Lawson

 

NOTE:

All listed poets can be viewed here or via the drop down menu (Poets A-Z).

Link at:

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di Bates

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Poem of the Day

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Today’s Poem of the Day was composed by a group of elderly people in a Victorian nursing home under the leadership of Robyn Youll who presents poetry readings and workshops to them weekly. The poem was inspired by ‘Leaves’, a recent Poem of the Day.

 

Leaves

 

In Autumn

English Invaders

shed

Crackling – underfoot,

Gutter – clogging,

Wind – dancing,

Leaves

 

Australian Eucalypts

stubbornly

cling to

hard leaves

shiny leaves

fire-loving leaves

harsh climate leaves.

 

Evergreen Eucalypts

shed

bark instead

 

English Leaves

paint

Autumn

Bronze

Scarlet

Yellow

Gold

Then

English Leaves

Paint

Spring

Green

Again

 

In

Summer

Eucalyptus Leaves

Bushfire scarlet.

 

Providence U3A: 26th May: Prudence Marsh. (Prudence Marsh in the nom-de-plume for Group Poetry)

Prompt: Di Bates Poem: Leaves.

Present: Ted, Verna, Lucy, Margaret W.,M.[briefly] Joyce,Dorothy, Sirkka, Pat, Betty R.,F., Melvie.

 

 

Poem of the Day

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This year’s theme for Reconciliation Week is “Walk the Talk”.

 

Reconciliation Rap

Hey, hey,

It’s time to say,

Gotta walk the talk,

It’s the only way!

Gotta do it right,

Whether black or white,

No room for hate –

REC-ON-CIL-IATE!

 

Hey, ho,

It’s the way to go,

Gotta keep it real,

From head to toe.

Gotta stay on track,

Whether white or black,

No room for hate –

REC-ON-CIL-IATE!

 

Hey, hey,

Let me hear you say,

Gonna walk the talk,

Every night and day!

Gonna say it loud,

Gonna say it proud,

Make our country great –

REC-ON-CIL-IATE!

 

© Jill McDougall

Check out other poems by Jill on her website, www.jillmcdougall.com.au

 

Poem of the Day

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LEAVES

 

Leaves have thousands of brothers and sisters

Leaves jostle and elbow one another

Leaves wave at the sky when it’s breezy

Leaves batter window panes on windy nights

Leaves have veins but never get varicose veins

Leaves never have to go on diets

Leaves abandon trees in winter and gather in piles in autumn

Leaves sizzle like steaks on a barbie when there are bushfires

Leaves make friends with fruit

Leaves are McDonald’s for hungry koalas

Leaves hate kerosene and matches.

 

© Dianne Bates

dibates@outlook.com

Note: I wrote this poem as an example to my child writing students to show them how they can think laterally about commonplace objects. The idea came from Steven Herrick’s wonderful poem, Walls, which I also display to students. Di

Poem of the Day

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Bullies

 

With the eye in the back of his head

he sees them coming —

 

eight-year-old breakers,

baby-hard, baby-soft.

 

Their space-machine, so elegant

could swallow him,

 

drown him once and for all

in a dish of air.

 

No use trying to rewrite the law:

they are the masters —

 

skills bred in the bone.

He freezes —

 

they expect it,

though a voice inside him squeaks

 

I … Words cut his tongue,

weigh in his mind like a bruise.

© Katherine Gallagher

(Published in Them and Us (The Bodley Head, 1993) and Ramshackle Rainbow (Macmillan Children’s books, 2001)

Katherine Gallagher is a widely-published Australian poet resident in London. She writes for children and adults and has poems in many children’s anthologies. About Bullies, she says, ‘I wrote this poem in response to bullying that I witnessed in a local primary school. Bullying is tragic and a big social problem; children become increasingly insecure and afraid. Sadly, they often don’t tell anyone, even parents and teachers, and this misery can affect them for the rest of their lives’. 

Weekly updates

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Here is the latest update.

 

News 

This section keeps up-to-date with information about what’s happening in schools, poets with new collections being released, etc. 

Recent news:

Short-listed Australian Children’s Poet

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/poetry-news/short-listed-australian-childrens-poet/

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di Bates