Poetry Book for Children on the Topic of the Monarchy of the United Kingdom

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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.

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Sharing a poem for International Space Day – ‘The Hungry Galactic Plughole’

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Above  – Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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The Hungry Galactic Plug Hole

star swallower
gas guzzler
gulping garbage feeder

matter muncher
dust digester
cosmic vacuum cleaner

yawning glutton
belly button
centre of the spiral

super suction
dark destruction
great galactic gyral

beyond control
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

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A nonsense poem for Shakespeare’s birthday

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Shakespeare birthday

Hey nonny nonny, today is and . 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.

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A poem for Earth Day by Joe Miller – ‘If the Earth Were Only a Few Feet in Diameter’

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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.

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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