The lovely folk at semicolon literary journal have selected my 3D mixed media artwork ‘Inside’, for inclusion within issue 3 of their online journal.
(Available from 26 January 2020)
Issue 3 features poetry by: Diane Callahan, Joshua Clayton, Josefine Stargardt,
Elizabeth Horner Turner and Daniyel Wiggins.
Non fiction work by: Michael Colbert, Paul Dickerson and Montana Leigh Jackson.
Fiction by: Annie Blake, Clayton Krollman and Megan Murphy.
Visual art by: Emily Bourne, Edward Lee, Melissa Newcity and Suzanne Olivante.
You can find out more about the journal, the contributors and download your free copy
Which ruthless Queen enjoyed toasting people to a crisp? Whose reign lasted only nine days and which King trained his pet monkey to give rude gestures?
‘The Head That Wears a Crown: Poems About Kings and Queens’ (published 2019), is an illustrated anthology for children, aged eight plus. Published by the award winning Emma Press, the selected poems are written in a variety of poetic styles, with dramatic and often humourous interpretations, rather than factually precise accounts about the monarchy. Edited by Rachel Piercey and Emma Dai’an Wright, the anthology includes poems by:
Aileen Ballantyne, Meghan Ballard, Melanie Branton, Carole Bromley,
Jane Burn, John Canfield, Mary Anne Clark, Rebecca Colby,
Shauna Darling Robertson, Dharmavadana, Julie Anne Douglas,
Matthew Haigh, Jack Houston, Kirsten Irving, Anna Kisby,
David McKelvie, Emma Rose Millar, Fiona Mills, Brian Moses,
Laura Mucha, Alan Murphy, Rachael M Nicholas, Richard O’Brien,
Suzanne Olivante, Catherine Olver, Kate O’Neil, John H Rice,
Catherine Rockwood, Toby Sligo, Jennifer Watson, Jeremy Wikeley,
Kate Wise, Elli Woollard and Ros Woolner.
Peppered throughout the book, you will find educational facts relating to members of the British, Scottish and Irish monarchy. The anthology also includes an interview with historian Dr Kate Wise and guidance from editor Rachel Piercey, on how to write your own poem. The gorgeous crown illustration on the front cover, shines with gold leaf foiling. The large print and wide page format all add to the attraction factor for children.
As you travel back in time, over 2000 years, you can learn the Muddy Marching Song or The Song of the Spider, read old letters and Queen Victoria’s Tweets.
Adults will doubtless enjoy reading the poems aloud to children, (adding the voices of course) and together, discovering the quirky and fascinating Kings and Queens of long ago.
You can order the book direct from The Emma Press
your local independent book store, or online book stores.
Today is International Limerick Day and I’m having fun creating limericks.
If you’ve not tried this poetry form before, Conrad van Dyk explains how to craft the perfect limerick on his website The Nature of Writing
Above – Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
The Hungry Galactic Plug Hole
gulping garbage feeder
cosmic vacuum cleaner
centre of the spiral
great galactic gyral
it swallows whole
you can’t resist the tug
black hungry hole
the light it stole
please, someone, find the plug
© Suzanne Olivante 2016 All Rights Reserved
Published in ‘Watcher of the Skies: Poems About Space and Aliens’ (The Emma Press 2016)
An anthology of facts and poetry for children. Approximate reading age: for reading aloud to children aged 6+; for children aged 8+ to read on their own
My niece will be going away to uni this autumn. I printed a copy of my ‘Pillow Poem’ onto a scatter cushion – a gift to furnish her student digs.
Hey nonny nonny, today is
#ShakespearesBirthday and #TalkLikeShakespeareDay. William was a master of stinging insults and comical comebacks, so I’m sharing a video of my nonsense poem full of Shakespeareanesque insults.
Video: Poem: How to Insult With Shakespearean Style
Text version of the poem
How to Insult With Shakespearean Style
by Suzanne Olivante (written in 2015 and the winning entry for the Tweetspeak GIF competition).
YOU clatter-brained bumble-spike,
YOU rotten-smackled slime-bin,
YOU slop-bucket noodle-flick
and belly-flopping custard-skin.
YOU pond-bottomed waffle-spoon,
YOU lump-faced dangle-wart,
YOU flea-bitten doodle-wipe
and mirror-howling waddle-snort.
YOU shriek-humped bitter-twist,
YOU plum-fangled piddle-dot,
YOU stink-walloped sausage-bag
and maggot-friendly squeezy-spot.
I can recall a friend at art college, writing out a copy of this poem for me.
At the time, we thought the poem had been written by David Icke, but the author is
Joe Miller. These words left a lasting impression on me.
If the Earth Were Only a Few Feet in Diameter
“If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter, floating a few feet above a field somewhere, people would come from everywhere to marvel at it.
People would walk around it marveling at its big pools of water, its little pools and the water flowing between.
People would marvel at the bumps on it and the holes in it.
They would marvel at the very thin layer of gas surrounding it and the water suspended in the gas.
The people would marvel at all the creatures walking around the surface of
the ball and at the creatures in the water.
The people would declare it as sacred because it was the only one, and they would protect it so that it would not be hurt.
The ball would be the greatest wonder known, and people would come to pray to it, to be healed, to gain knowledge, to know beauty and to wonder how it could be.
People would love it, and defend it with their lives because they would somehow know that their lives could be nothing without it.
If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter.”
— Joe Miller
The less traveled path – a path often taken by writers and creatives.
Hooray! It’s only 2 weeks until GloPoWriMo and NaPoWriMo. I’m looking forward to reading your poetry on WordPress next month.
I just wanted to let you know that I will not be posting writing prompts this year, as
I have other priorities and I also want to concentrate on taking part in the month-long challenge.
If you find yourself stuck for prompts, you can still find my GloPoWriMo prompts from 2018 on my blog. I also post writing prompts on TWITTER every Monday. These are offered via shared artworks, photographs, videos, and short animated films.
Good luck with the challenge.