Saturday, November 28, 2009

Chicken Poems

Today we started talking about the poetic possibilities of chickens (what writing group hasn't grappled with this one?), what follows are just two of the poems that resulted from this theme. We used the Adrian Mitchell poem "Live it like your last day Dig what can be dug" as a structural scaffold or jumping off point. Hope you enjoy what follows:

Live life like a great chicken
Eat what can be eaten

In the farm of Nixon
the shed of chickens and turkeys
or turkey-chickens or chicken-turkeys
reflects the mad crazy world
of about 6 billion people

like people in the mad world
I told my Australian servant
who had noticed chickens before

I said that's my job
noticing stuff like that -
I'm a farmer

Unusual isn't it
People in this mad world,
he said wondering.

Now you're thinking right,
I said.

by Thomas

The Army of Angry Birds

The chickens from Australia
are not your typical chickens -
You see
They have an army of marching turkeys
and a pair of angry ducks.
They've taken over Queensland
But they won't stop there,
They'll capture the Northern Territory
and overrun your house.
There is no escape from
the army of angry birds.
by Róisín

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The bag

It had a white background and a strange, detailed pattern on it, and it had been used to carry the Queen of England's crown. And it was this reason that this normal plastic bag was worth over a million euro. JOKE! Actually you could buy one in spar for 99c and the only important thing it had ever been used for was carrying a successful business man's shopping. The important thing was that it was used for SOMETHING.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Joan O Flynn

Joan was a nice and generous women and a lovely nan to Caitriona, a member of our group. Joan loved to join us on a Saturday. She gave her opinion and advice on the things we wrote. She also joined us on our annual trip in summer 2008 making the experience that bit better. The things she wrote showed us her sense of humour and her love for poetry. She will be greatly missed by our group.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Call for Submissions from Teen Writers/Artists

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Creative contributions of all kinds - fiction, poetry, artwork, comics, original music and film - are welcomed for the BOX OF VOICES journal, while submissions of journalistic pieces and non-fiction pieces of all sorts are welcomed on a rolling basis for the COMMENTARY section.

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