On the road to spread the word
Poet Paula Green has wowed children at Richmond Road Primary School with her rhymes.
The well-known West Auckland poet came to the school on Monday as part of the Hot Spot Poetry Tour of New Zealand to celebrate poetry by, and for, children.
Tucked tightly under her arm for the journey around the country has been a copy of the Treasury of NZ Poems for Children, an anthology which she compiled.
The book has poems by all the big names, from Margaret Mahy and Hone Tuwhare to Joy Cowley and Bill Manhire.
Sitting right alongside the words of some of New Zealand’s greatest writers are poems written by children.
Green says for children, poetry can be the key which unlocks the world of literature.
‘‘Poetry more than anything is a way of rocketing a child into that world of language and stories,’’ she says.
‘‘The music between words is captivating for a young audience, for anyone.’’
She says with poetry youngsters can let their imaginations run wild and be creative with their use of language.
‘‘There are no rules in poetry,’’ she says.
Green helped students at Richmond Road Primary to write poems during her visit.
‘‘I want to inspire. I want to help them fall in love with poetry,’’ she says.
‘‘I have written poems since year zero. Language to me was like a playground and I have never stopped playing.’’
Green says a highlight of her national tour was meeting the oldest poet to be published in the book.
‘‘At 91 years old she looked at me and said: ‘ Finally some recognition’ – and she has been writing poems all her life,’’ she says.
Rhyme time: West Auckland poet Paula Green reads the Treasury of NZ Poems for Children, which she edited, with Richmond Road School students Candace Langeveld and Fergus Salmond.