Monday, 21 March 2016

School Magazine centenary, World Poetry Day

It's World Poetry Day! Let's celebrate!

world poetry day 

2016 marks 100 years since School Magazine began publishing poetry, fiction and non fiction into schools and beyond. What a wonderful achievement by so many wonderful people. What a great magazine!
100 yrs school magOver the years, many of my poems have appeared in the pages of School Magazine, and the team there continue to accept my poetry. Each poem is illustrated and it's always a delight to see what images the poems inspire.


I love Matt Ottley's illustration for 'On a Country Drive'. This poem was born on a trip home from the north east of Victoria after a weekend away, but one phrase - 'paddock-coloured sheep' I'd written on the back of an envelope while on another trip away, this one to Queenscliff. I'd tried many times to put that phrase into a poem and only this time did it work. 

A lot of my poems are word pictures, an attempt to capture an image, a second. 

'Tropical' is about one of my favourite flowers, the very showy but not very long lasting passionflower. Another wonderful Matt Ottley illustration.

I hope the School Magazine continues for many years to accept the work of writers and illustrators and to offer young readers such a variety of story types. 

Happy Birthday School Magazine! Happy World Poetry Day. 

ps other Australian poets will be blogging today and thereabouts including Lorraine Marwood
Jackie Hosking, who started it all, has a full listing of other places to visit.


Sally Murphy said...

Thanks for sharing your wodnerful poems, Claire. Love them - and Matt Ottley's illustrations, too.

Life's a poem said...

Hi Claire, always enjoy your special work! x

Claire said...

Thanks Sally, thanks Lorraine. Loving your contributions too!
We should do this more often. xClaire

-blessed holy socks said...

[ live long and prosper -Spok ]

Greetings, earthling! Can't stay long, done gotta git, Paw ...yet, if I'm a sower, we plant the Seed; if I'm an artist, we write the Word:

I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET any moe curly, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs when my beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girl passed-away at 17 (God calls U.S. home regardless).

"Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness, as bright as stars for all eternity"
-Daniel 12:3

Here's what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you'
-the Infant Jesus of Prague.

Go git'm, girl. You're incredible.
See you Upstairs...
I won't be joining'm in da nasty Abyss where Isis lies