Poetry Prompt #13

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PoetryPrompt13

A single word this week to spark your creativity. What images does it conjure? Follow those thoughts and see what you come up with.

Send your poem as a Word document attachment to traffa-m(at)bigpond.net.au and add a line or two about your writing process or why you opted for your chosen poetic style.

Happy writing!

Teena

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Poetry Prompt #10

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It’s that time of the week again – I hope you’re feeling creative and ready to play with words. What comes to mind when you see this speech balloon? Conversation…communication…discussion…or something else entirely? It’ll be interesting to see your responses. Thanks to everyone who has already submitted poems inspired by the poetry prompts. I’m so impressed by what you are producing. Please keep your poems coming in. I love reading them. If you’ve missed a prompt, you can catch up any time. Send your poems to traffa-m@bigpond.net.au as a Word document attachment and add a personal note about why or how you chose to write this particular poem.

Happy writing!

Teena

Happy New Year and a Creative Challenge

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Early this year when Australian Children’s Poetry founder Di Bates called for someone to take on the site she’d started so successfully, I tentatively put up my hand. I wasn’t sure I was the right person. I do occasionally write poetry for children and sometimes it’s published in magazines and anthologies. But I certainly don’t think of myself as a poet and taking on the role of site editor felt a bit presumptuous considering my approach to writing poetry is intuitive, not educated.

I’m so glad I ignored the niggling doubts. I’ve enjoyed reading the wonderful contributions for Poem of the Day by so many talented Australian writers of poetry for children. It’s been wonderful to have you generously share your work with others. Thank you. This site couldn’t continue to attract the interest it does without your support.

Since the site began in March 2014, it’s attracted more than 141,000 views and more than 42,000 visitors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s rather impressive for a children’s poetry site. The Poem of the Day is the most popular of all posts, followed by the listing of poets.

Because I’m not always guaranteed to have a Poem of the Day to post every day of the year, I recently introduced the Words+Pictures creative challenge. These posts have inspired some wonderful contributions, with the snail theme by far the most popular. That’s prompted me to issue a more structured creative challenge next year. Throughout 2016, every Monday from January 4 I’ll post a poetry prompt for you. I’ll mix it up with words, pictures, themes and poetic styles. Are you up for the challenge? I hope so because I’m looking forward to receiving some inspired responses…and being inspired to write more poems myself.

Happy creative New Year!

Teena

 

Words+Pictures #4

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Photo by Neil Mulligan

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Are you up for a creative challenge? Occasionally I post a picture plus a word. They might – or might not – have any connection. Then it’s over to you to write a poem for children inspired by the word and picture. Send your poem to me at traffa-m(at)bigpond.net.au and I’ll post a selection to feature as Poem of the Day.

Today’s picture was taken at Narrogin in Western Australia where I recently presented a writing workshop. We drove through farm country and this wonderfully Aussie letterbox caught my photographer husband’s eye. I’m interested in seeing what you come up with in response to this combination of Word+Picture.

 

Words and pictures

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sneakersAre you up for a creative challenge? Each week I’ll post a picture plus a word. They might – or might not – have any connection. Then it’s over to you to write a poem for children inspired by the word and picture. Send your poem to me at traffa-m(at)bigpond.net.au and I’ll post a selection on the site. I’ve made it really easy this week. Whenever I’m stuck trying to find the right word in a poem or a chapter in a novel simply isn’t working, I go for a walk along the beach path near our home. There’s something about getting physical that unlocks the block and the words flow again.

The word is: WALK