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.
Here is one of his poems – I think every children’s poet has experienced this!:
the poetry visitor
a poet came to our school
and read lots of his poems.
Some were funny,
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?’
© Steven Herrick (First published in ‘Untangling Spaghetti’ – published by University of Queensland Press.)
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