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



Above  – Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech


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



A nonsense poem for Shakespeare’s birthday


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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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Global Poetry Writing Month


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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.


The Charles Causley Trust – Call Out for Poetry Submissions: Young People’s Poetry Prize (Cornish residents only)



Dear Poets, 

The Charles Causley Trust invite you to submit your poetry for the Young People’s Poetry Prize 2018. This year’s theme is ‘the Cornish countryside.’

There are three entry levels:

Category A for children aged 5 to 11

Category B for young people (in Secondary education) aged 11 to 16

Category C for young people aged 16 to 18

You must live in Cornwall. 
Closing date: Friday 20th July 2018

Good luck!

Download an entry form and find out more
from The Charles Causley Trust

Day 30 – Your #NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Photo Poetry Prompt for today (Theme: 4 photos)






— **Random Imagery to Ignite Your Thinkery** —


Today’s theme: Abandoned buildings — Ruins, Derelict, Haunted, History, Post war, Atlantis/Machu Pichu/Other …

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What a busy month it’s been. I hope that you have found some of the photo prompts appealing and inspiring during the global poetry writing challenge. It’s been a pleasure selecting them for you and reading your work.

My usual Monday Motivation writing prompts, (a variety of words and images), will recommence from May, on Twitter at 06:30 and 17:00 (UK time) at OlivantePoetry

Happy writing and my best wishes,


Day 30 of Global Poetry Month – Thank You


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Thank you to all of the poets that have utilised my Photo Poetry Prompts during
Global Poetry Month. I hope you found some of them appealing and inspiring. I had fun selecting them for you. I do hope we can stay connected on WordPress/Twitter.

My usual #MondayMotivation  resume next Monday on Twitter @OlivantePoetry

my best wishes to you,


DAY 29 – Your #NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Photo Poetry Prompt – “When life gives you lemons” (2 photos)




— **Random Imagery to Tempt Your Poetry** —


Today’s prompt — “When life gives you lemons – make lemonade”

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Tomorrow is the final day of Photo Poetry Prompts for GloPoWriMo.

Prompts will continue on Twitter after Global Poetry Month — every Monday (06:30 and repeated at 17:00 (UK time). Time zone converter HERE
A variety of WORD prompts and IMAGE prompts.

Happy writing, 


DAY 28 – Your #NaPoWriMo #GloPoWriMo Photo Poetry Prompt (Theme- 4 images)










— **Random Imagery to Trigger Your Thinkery** —


Today’s theme: Seeing, spying, watching, witnessing

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Happy writing,