Sally Odgers was born in Tasmania (a little island state of Australia just off the south of the Australian mainland) and still lives there, surrounded by dogs and books. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t love poetry. Her dad used to declaim long ballads such as How Horatio Held the Bridge, and one of her favourite books was a big anthology covered in wrapping paper with pictures of pansies. Sally wrote her first poem in sewing class when she was about eleven. She’s been writing them (and books and rhyming picture books) ever since. Sally loves playing with websites. One of them is here.
Here are a couple of poems from her most recent poetry book: Animals in Silhouette.
Shadow of Silence
If silence had a shadow
Its name would be cat
Black as midnight creeping softly padding paws and tail held lofty whiskers fingering
the air and silence-shadow slinking there
While cats shadow silence
Then shadows are cat
Silence shadow slinking there whiskers fingering the air padding paws and tails held