Prompt #9 A mixed bag

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Thankyou for the “mixed bag” of types of poetry being sent through.
Congratulations to Australia in The Commonwealth Games with 198 medals
Please continue to send any poetry this week to:
In the last week I was sent a poem from a writer in America and thought to put it in today. It’s wonderful that OS writers are following our blog.
Throughout the world, we each sometimes fall
Entrenched in our ways, or simply succomb to powerless
Apathy. Children remind us to stop, reflect, to
Challenge ourselves, approach the world in curiosity.
Help each other to take brave risks.
Examine our privilege and take responsibility for systemic inequalities.
Reassess, react, reimagine, revolution. Repeat.
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Madeleine is a globetrotter, vegan animal rights activist, and educator currently teaching primary school in Israel. She spends her free time reading, writing, running, and ruining her poor flatmates’ kitchen aesthetic with her ever-growing kombucha brew. She likes to make sure to learn or explore something new each day
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Don Poynter was among other things the inventor of  Uncle Fester’s Mystery Light Bulb featured on the “Addams Family” show.
As it’s school holidays we won’t have Teacher Notes for a few Thursdays. All Teachers have a nice break and enjoy reading a poem each morning.


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POEM: Kylie Covark

Teacher Notes: Jeanie Axton

This poem is a wonderful opportunity to introduce the language of poetry to your class. When you read the poem to the students get them to point out the words that create feeling. Then to extend the class list possible alternative words in this poem.

Acrostics are a simple way to introduce a unit of work on poetry. I have found students find them easy enough to write. An idea is to start with their name and then each letter is a self descriptor. For example: SAM




The good copy of these poems with a photo or illustration could be made into a class book for students to reread during the year.

Have fun.

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Thankyou for the Acrostic poetry
Acrostics have friends called Mesostics which has the word running down the middle of the poem and Horizontic where the poem is written in a single line and the important letters are in capitals. There are double acrostics where each line begins and ends in the letters of the chosen word.

Here’s a simple example of a Mesostic Poem:

Please send these friends of Acrostic poems to:

A few other bits and pieces today:



From Paul Cookson

I am editing a new collection of Magic Poems for Bloomsbury.

This is due for publication in 2019 but we will be putting it together this year.

I’ll be looking for a wide range of NEW AND UNPUBLISHED poems in a variety of styles that cover all aspects of magic – spells, potions, witches, wizards, beasts, creatures, tricks, powers etc.

Obviously, Bloomsbury publish Harry Potter and my original idea was to have a set of poems that celebrate 20 years of Harry and Hogwarts etc. However, for copyright reasons we need to steer away from direct references to things that are specific to Harry – death eaters, dementors, quidditch etc.

So – keep the references general and open ended!

Because of budget limitations, fees for poems are likely to be £30 – £50 maximum.

The collection will have as many new and original poems as possible but will have to include anons, out of copyright, traditional verses and several of my own.

Age range : 7- 12
Deadline : 30th April 2018

Please send a maximum of FOUR poems for consideration
Please make sure your name and details are on each poem
Please send the poems as ONE attachment – preferably Word

Send poems to and mark them MAGIC POEMS

Thanks – have fun and I look forward to hearing from you.


Paul Cookson

2. Writers you can submit your work to Readers’ Favorite for a free review – if you get a 4 or 5 star review, you are also, among other benefits, submitted to CLCD – a huge international database of children’s literature.

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