Poem of the Day

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A Secret Space

by Di Bates

 

There was shelter –

An upturned water tank

With an entrance hole —

My secret space

In the brittle summer bush

Where I’d hide,

Dark and bruised and splintered.

 

In those childhood days

I was an outlaw of sorts,

Travelling alone,

Not fitting anywhere,

Listening to cicadas throbbing

With song,

Beyond words,

Wanting nothing

But the arc of my mother’s arms.

  • Submitted in response to 2016 Poetry Prompt #1

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Poem of the Day

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The Big Black Cat

 

The big black cat crept across the road,

and finished up under a semi’s load.

It was feeling stiff and sore,

but that’s what cat’s nine lives are for.

So even though it took a whack,

the cat bounced back.

 

The big black cat crept across the street

and finished up under a giant’s feet.

There were guts and there was gore,

but that’s what cat’s nine lives are for.

So even though it took a smack,

the cat bounced back.

 

The big black cat should have never played

With an Army tank parade.

 

Dianne Bates

 

Updates

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Here are the recent updates to this blog/website.

 

For ease of reference, links to articles, interviews or reviews posted on the blog page will also be accessed via their respective pages.

 

INTERVIEWS

Recent interviews with Doug MacLeod and Stephen Whiteside can be accessed via the Interviews ‘drop-down’ menu.

 

REVIEWS

All  reviews can be accessed via the Review page.

 

POETS A-Z

The article/bio on Oodgeroo Noonuccal aka Kath Walker (contributed by Robyn Youl of Bacchus Marsh, Victoria) has been added to our POETS A-Z page.

 

If you are not able to view the ‘drop-down’ listing of poets, all bios can be accessed through the main page here.

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

 

Regards,

 

Di Bates

 

 

Updates

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Here are this week’s updates.

 

COMPETITIONS

Current competitions (listed on this site) are now on the main ‘Competitions‘ page – in order of deadline submission date.

Reminders

 

The 2014 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, Australia’s largest and oldest poetry writing competition for students.

Closing Date: 30-June 2014

 

POETS A-Z

Two bios have been added to our POETS A-Z page.

Mike Lucas

Dianne Ellis

If you are not able to view the ‘drop-down’ listing of poets, all bios can be accessed through the main page here.

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

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di Bates

Weekly updates

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Here are this week’s updates.

 

Articles

New article:  Entering Poetry competitions

Click here for the link to a guest post by Ashley Capes, on the BusyBird Publishing website, which gives poets ideas how to maximise their chances when entering a poetry competition.

 

Competitions

All competitions are now on the main ‘Competitions‘ page – listed in order of deadline submission date.

Please refer for upcoming competition deadlines.

Click here to view: https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/competitions/

 

Reviews

Former editor of the NSW Department of Education School Magazine, Jonathan Shaw, has posted a great review of Billy that Died with its Boots On by Stephen Whiteside (Walker Books Australia 2014).

Please click here for the link.

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di Bates

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

Weekly updates

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Here are this week’s updates.

 

News

Top children’s poetry books

US Children’s Poetry Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt picks what he considers is the best children’s poetry books. Please click on the link for further information.

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/poetry-news/top-childrens-poetry-books/

 

Poets A-Z

Two bios have been added to our growing list of talented Australian poets.

Lilith Norman

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/k-o-2/lilith-norman/

 

Gordon Winch

https://australianchildrenspoetry.com.au/australianpoets/u-z-2/gordon-winch/

 

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

 

That’s it for this week.

 

Di  Bates