Written by Catriona Coote Wednesday, 21 March 2012 09:31
Not only is it the National Year of Reading but today is World Poetry Day. Poetry is a much neglected form of reading (and writing) in Australia, despite the fact that we have some world class (living) poets such as Bruce Dawe, David Malouf and Judith Bishop and past inspirations such as Judith Wright and the great bush ballad writers, Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson. So while I try and catch up with my huge pile of review books, indulge yourself in a poem. Share a poem with your child/ren. Encourage them to dip into poetry the way they like to dip into the biscuit tin. And remember: a poem a day keeps brain atrophy at bay! And if you're interested in writing poetry, find yourself a copy of Stephen Fry's 'The Ode Less Travelled'.
Try these links:
Books to enjoy:
Shark Girl (a verse novel)
Toppling (verse novel)
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