Wednesday, 7 September is SHARE Australian poetry day in National Poetry Week.
Share the joy of Australian poetry in all its forms: at work, at home, at play, with friends, lovers, strangers, on a stage, in a library, on a train…
Realise I don’t wanna be a miser
…how come everybody wanna keep it like the Kaiser ?
Give it away, give it away, give it away now
– Red Hot Chilli Peppers
My way of SHARE-ing Australian Poetry today is to remind you of (or introduce you to) the wonderful FREE resource that is the Australian Poetry Library.
The Library has *tens of thousands* of poems. You can search by poet, by poem title, by phrase, by poet gender, by poetic form, and by THEME ! Want a love poem, an anniversary poem, a break-up poem ? Too easy. Fancy an acrostic or an elegy ? Coming right up !
There is a wonderful range of older and newer poetry on the site, with lots of added extras to entice you in. Constantly changing featured podcasts, featured poets, featured poems, glossary terms, poetry reviews and more. You can even browse the library and save your selections for emailing or downloading to a .pdf file (downloading or emailing selections attracts a small fee but just reading online is free).
Of course there are some disappointing omissions – where are Gwen Harwood and Francis Webb ? – but this is because the current copyright holders have not agreed to make the works freely available online.
In the spirit of sharing, here is a link to the poetry library entry for one of my fave poets: Philip Hodgins. I forgot to put him on the ‘buy’ list yesterday but he is well worth buying as well. Enjoy !
MORE National Poetry Week stuff happening :
- @Shell_C123 is writing twitter poems, as is @tinylittlepoems. Follow them or search on the hashtag #NPW2011;
- @TiggyJohnson is celebrating over at her blog.
I tried to do another acrostic for you today, but it kept turning out with …ahem…adult themes. I decided this was neither the time nor the place. It may be share day, but it is not *over*share day 🙂
Tomorrow (Thursday) is LIVE Australian Poetry Day. See you then.