Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Details for Poetry Competition Available Here!

Yes, the next poetry competition details are now available and available right here! The theme for this competition is "TRUTH", and the competition secretary and the Judge are keen to see what the entrants are going to do with the theme, interesting things indeed, going by previous competitions, that's for sure!


ADELAIDE PLAINS POETS Inc. POETRY COMPETITION 2018 
‘TRUTH’ 

1st, 2nd & 3rd cash prizes, plus Highly Commended & Commended certificates as awarded by judge. Total prize pool over $700 
ENTRY GUIDELINES 
Work entered in this competition must be original, in English, unpublished and not have won a prize in any other competition. Authors retain copyright. 
Theme ‘Truth’ - Poems entered must in some way refer to the theme 
Open Class - poets 18 years & older 
Junior sections – Primary School student (one poem only), Secondary School student (one poem only) 
To maintain anonymity, entrant’s name should appear on entry form only, not on poems. Entry forms are to include entrant’s name, address, phone number, titles of poems submitted. 
Entries should be typed, on one side of paper only, one poem to a page 
Poems to be no longer than 60 lines 
Entry fees: Open class $10 for first poem, $5 for every poem entered thereafter 
            Junior classes - no entry fee, only one poem per student 
Cheques/money orders to be made payable to Adelaide Plains Poets Inc Or electronically using these details: BSB 105-009 Acc 105 954 340 (please give poet’s name with electronic payment) 

Entries to: Competition Secretary, 1594 Germantown Rd REDBANKS SA 5502 
Entries to be received by close of business 6 July 2018 – entries received after this date may not be considered for the competition. 
Authors should retain a copy of their work 

For further details contact: Competition secretary, Ms C Cordon  at 0418 806 490, kittycordo@gmail.com  or  http://carolyn-poeticpause.blogspot.com.au/ ******************************************************************* 
ADELAIDE PLAINS POETS Inc. POETRY COMPETITION 2018 
‘TRUTH’ 

ENTRY FORM 
Name……………………………………………………………..…..……………………Phone………………………………… 
Address……………………………………………..………………….……………………………………………………………… 
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Email……………………………..…………………….. 

Title of poem/s - ……………………………………………………..…………..………………….……………………………………………………… 
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 (use back of page for additional entries)  
Entrants’ names or other details must not appear on poems 
Declaration by author: I agree to comply with the Entry Guidelines and declare that the written work submitted in my name is my own original work and has not been copied in part, or in full, from any other source. 
Author’s signature…………………………………………………………..date…………………………..……..………... 
Date of birth (if entering a junior section) ……………………………….…………………………  
Secondary School or Primary School - which?  (circle one if appropriate) 
Name of school (if entering junior section) ……………………………………..………….……………………..     
Entry fees: Open class $10 for first poem, $5 for every poem entered thereafter  
(OPEN CLASS ONLY – NO FEE FOR JUNIOR ENTRIES) 
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES – 6 July 2018 
Cheques/money orders to be made payable to Adelaide Plains Poets Inc, and sent with entries to Competition Secretary, 1594 Germantown Rd REDBANKS SA 5502 Or electronically using these details: BSB 105-009 Acc 105 954 340 


Authors should retain a copy of their work, entries will not be returned without provision of a stamped self-addressed envelope, and a written request. 



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Competition is judged, life moves on

So the Adelaide Plain's 'Freedom' poetry competition has been judged, awards handed over, or in the post, and now the next thing is approaching fast. The annual poetry brings out wonderful poetry, competing to be the best of the best, all around Australia.

And my, was the best certainly the best. If you read the Judge's Report, you can see that Jude Aquilina was definitely of the opinion that these poetry entries were quality poems. As the competition secretary, I agree. I felt the overall quality of the entries was outstanding, and many poems could have been the winners.

Entering competitions though, means that you may not win ... And of course on another day, or under another judge, another poet may have won. I would not have liked to have to try to choose between poems for this event, there was only very little between the entries. I did enjoy reading all of the poems sent to me, in my position of Competition Secretary - all of those wonderful poems sent to me in the mail, and I didn't have to pay a thing for the privilege!

I thank all of the poets who sent work in, and congratulate the winners. I also thank the teachers who helped and encouraged their students to enter this competition, and all of the other things they do to encourage the writing of poetry. Poetry and the writing and reading of it can open the young mind to many different things, and with the thinking on different things, comes knowledge and understanding.

Helping young people in this way is surely a wonderful thing for the students initially and for the entire country. Having young people growing up and moving into the workforce, when they are open to many different ideas and options, surely that bodes well for us all!

Monday, September 5, 2016

My New Poetry Collection

Today the postie brought me some lovely mail. One of the pieces was an event invitation, the other was a book. The event isn't relevant to poetry at all, but the book sure is. The book was my first copy of my newest book - a poetry collection, published by Ginninderra Press, a fine South Australian publisher, which many of my b=clever writer friends have been published by.

I've wanted to become a Ginninderra writer, and now I finally am one, hooray to me! My book is "Tense & Still", and is a book of my poetic thoughts about the creatures in my life, from the dogs I love, to cats, rabbits, lambs, foxes, insects, lizards, and a variety of less lovely critters. I don't hesitate to look at the darker side of living, and that is the sometimes bloody end, when creatures may die, as we all will, in the end.

I don't hide from death, and I'd like to think this book may be a way to help older children to think about both life and death. I would love to take this book into classrooms, and discuss these matters at some stage ...

Life and death, are both real, and there is no way to hide from either one.



Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Playing games with Haiku

Today I was thinking about a new form of Haiku. Or it may not actually be a 'new'; form at all, I don't know. I'm prepared to hear what others think about my ideas concerning Haiku in Australia. I will call this form AussieKu or perhaps Ausku.

This form is about the idea of writing haiku which are Australian. Australia is a great big country, and many of the things about Australia are unique to our land. The wide open lands, where a kangaroo hopping past with her baby or babies in her pouch can certainly be there in the paddocks, by the roads, in the bushland ...

So this line of thinking jumped into my mind this morning when three crows flew overhead, calling as they went,  and then began circling overhead, above a paddock not far from my house. I thought about sheep in the paddocks, and the new lambs I've been seeing in these past few weeks, and a small poem was suddenly in my head.

This is an edited version of the initial poem:

The crows overhead
cawing, then circling over lambing ewes ...
Faaaaak, faaaark!

I've lived in the country long enough now, to imagine the mayhem that might occur, if one of the ewes were to get into trouble as they bring their new lambs into the world. Childbirth can be a worrying time, whether you're human or an animal. My heart aches for the bloodied babe that becomes a victim of Nature at its further bloodiest times.

I may not be a farmer, and for that I am often thankful, but I am a caring person, and I have been a small animal breeder in my past. Every new creature is a blessing, and every life is to be helped as much as possible. Farming is all a gamble though, and Mother Nature doesn't care either way, I don't think. Lamb or crow, it means everything, and it means nothing to Mother Nature ...

So what do you think? Do you have thoughts about any of this? I'd love to read about your thoughts ...