Zaro Weil lives in an old farm on a little hill in southern France, and her poetry for children has appeared in many anthologies. She has written several books including a book of children’s poetry. Her book Firecrackers, Troika, illustrated by Jo Riddell, can be bought here, and her book, Cherry Moon is available here! Zaro’s website is here.
let me ask you
how long you’ve been here
© Zaro Weil
Thank you, Zaro, for this lovely poem!
Michaela Morgan has had over 140 titles published including poetry, picture books, junior novels and non-fiction. She is a regular visitor to schools. Her 2016 poetry book Wonderland: Alice in Poetry, illustrations by Tenniel, was shortlisted for the prestigious CLiPPA Award for poetry and her 2017 collection Reaching the Stars: Poems About Extraordinary Women and Girls co-authored with Jan Dean and Liz Brownlee won the North Somerset Teachers’ Book Award 2017. Her book How To Teach Poetry: Writing Workshops, stresses the importance of poetry across the curriculum.
Here she is with her poem Blake’s Tyger – Revisited.
Bernard Young is an experienced professional poet and performer who leads writing workshops for children and adults. Bernard’s poems have been broadcast on local and national radio and feature in numerous anthologies of poetry for young readers. His speciality is primary school age. Here is a link to his new book, What are you Like? And here is a link to his website.
Here he is with his poem ‘Absent’ in a field somewhere deep in Somerset.
The second poem for National Poetry Day is from one of America’s best-loved poets, Charles Ghigna (also known as Father Goose®). He lives in a treehouse in the middle of Alabama and is the author of more than one hundred books and more than five thousand poems for children and adults. Charles Ghigna website is here, and this is a link to his excellent latest book, Dear Poet: Notes to a Young Writer, published by Resource Publications.
Be Still in the World
Be still in the world wherever you are,
listen to life’s lullaby;
the heartbeat, the breathing,
the giving, receiving,
the sun and the moon and the star.
They all shine true through the essence of you,
a beacon of boundless light;
the father, the mother,
the sister, the brother,
all are within you tonight.
Let the flow of the seas, the lilt of the breeze,
the rush and the calm of all time
carry your dreams
along rivers and streams
and let you be still where you are.
© Charles Ghigna
Thank you, for this lovely poem, Charles Ghigna!
Matt Goodfellow (links to What Poetry Offers in the Classroom) is a poet and National Poetry Day Ambassador. His most recent collections are The Same Inside (Macmillan 2018), written with Liz Brownlee (me!) and Roger Stevens, and his solo collection, Chicken on the Roof illustrated by Hanna Asen (Otter Barry 2018). He visits schools, libraries and festivals to deliver high-energy, fun-filled poetry performances and workshops. His new book, Be the Change, Poems to Help you Save the World, written with Roger Stevens and Liz Brownlee (me, again!), is out now. Matt’s website is here.
the mown path
through the park
sparkles with dew
which stains the tips
of these too-tight shoes
and way way up
in the stillness
of the blue
sip cardboard teas
suck boiled sweets
lean back in their seats
and know nothing
on my last walk
© Matt Goodfellow
Thanks for this lovely poem, Matt.