Posted in A to Z Blog Challenge 2018

H is for Australian Children’s Poet and Blogger Jackie Hosking, #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA

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Jackie Hosking

Jackie Hosking’s most favourite thing to do is write in rhyme and meter. Her second most favourite thing to do is walk amongst the Australian Bush. Her third most favourite thing to do is to combine the two. She also likes to copy other poets as she’s done in her picture book, The Croc and the Platypus, illustrated by Marjorie Crosby-Fairall. (Only available in Australia or New Zealand, I’m afraid!) If you read it very carefully you’ll likely hear echoes of Edward Lear’s The Owl and the Pussycat. Jackie’s website is here.

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Here is one of Jackie’s poems:

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Wherever

 

Here she comes

whisper the trees

boughs sway heavy

with gossiping leaves

 

Where will she go?

murmur the breezes

 

However, whenever

wherever she pleases

 

Here she comes

whispers the sea

droplets colliding

with gossipy glee

 

Where will she go?

murmurs the sand

 

However, whenever

wherever she can

 

Here she comes

whispers the river

gossip like ripples

disperse with a quiver

 

Where will she go?

murmur the reeds

 

However, whenever

wherever she needs.

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© Jackie Hosking

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Posted in A to Z Blog Challenge 2018

H is for Australian Children’s Poet Steven Herrick, #AtoZChallenge #ZtoA

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Steven Herrick

Steven Herrick is the author of twenty-four books for children and young adults. His books have twice won the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and have been shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards on eight occasions. He is widely recognised as a pioneer of the verse-novel genre for young adults. He is also the author of six travel books. He spends nine months of the year visiting schools in Australia and three months on his bicycle somewhere in Europe.

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Here is one of his poems – I think every children’s poet has experienced this!:

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the poetry visitor

 

Yesterday

a poet came to our school

and read lots of his poems.

Some were funny,

some sad,

some even made Ms Stevrakis laugh,

especially the one about kissing.

At the end, Ms Stevrakis suggested

we ask the poet questions about his poetry.

After a long silence,

Rachel asked, ‘How much money do you make?’

Matthew asked, ‘Where do you live?’

Sarah asked, ‘How old are you?’

Tran asked, ‘Can you speak Vietnamese?’

Sam asked, ‘How come you’ve got a bald head?’

and Peter asked, ‘Can I go to the toilet please?’

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© Steven Herrick (First published in ‘Untangling Spaghetti’ – published by University of Queensland Press.)

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