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Poetry Archive: Joan Poulson Reading from her Poems (Kids)

Joan Poulson

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Publisher
The Poetry Archive

Published
October 2012

ISBN 13
978190632466

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Track listing and individual poem timings

I

01 - Like grandad 00.28
02 - That's my dog 01.39
03 - Tell Sam 00.50
04 - Like me 00.48
05 - Snail-storm 02.12
06 - Luv 00.41
07 - Double trouble 00.47
08 - My gran 00.37
09 - Christmas glow 00.51

II

10 - Sun energy 00.25
11 - Millions 00.39
12 - Waiting for water 01.37

III

13 - Yellow 00.37
14 - Blue 00.15
15 - Rainbow mad 00.44

IV

16 - Rugby club 01.31
17 - Dragonships 01.13
18 - Night 00.25
19 - Our farm, January 01.09
20 - My world 00.29

V

21 - Green witch 01.17
22 - Touch the sun 00.49
23 - Dragonflies 00.36
24 - Beeswax 01.06
25 - Winter birthday 00.51
26 - Poem for the whales 01.42
27 - glad me: a prayer 00.41
28 - poem for January 00.17

VI

29 - Bonfire Night 00.26
30 - Magnify 00.22
31 - Diggery-daggery 00.17
32 - Crick, crack, crocodile 00.35
33 - Three purple elephants 00.29
34 - Clatter of town 00.21
35 - Ladybird plant 00.20
36 - Got the hump 00.21

VII

37 - Alone 00.26
38 - school break 00.38
39 - Pictures in my mind 02.24
40 - This might not sound serious 00.53
41 - A wave like a whale 02.22
42 - Last dive of the day 01.21
43 - My wings 00.37

VIII

44 - Polly Pat's cat 00.58
45 - King of all the dustbins 00.59
46 - With a smile 01.00
47 - Master of disguises 01.05
48 - Not a snow cat 01.19
49 - Secret life 01.02
50 - How was I to know? 01.16

IX

51 - Mystery 00.50
52 - So small? 01.15
53 - Wilderness 00.39
54 - Calendar of humans 01.12
55 - Prehistoric ant 01.02
56 - Graffiti 01.25
57 - Unicorn 00.43
58 - Song about a drummer 01.23


Total length of the recording 53.16

Joan Poulson grew up in south Lancashire. She works as writer, poet and visiting writer in schools. Her poetry includes Celebration (1995, UNICEF), Pictures in My Mind (Hodder, 1999) and Onetree Singing (2001, Blackthorn). She is the editor of Sling a Jammy Doughnut (Hodder, 2001) and author of a novel Dear Ms (A and C Black, 2001). Joan's poetry has won prizes in national and international competitions, and her work has been published and broadcast in New Zealand, Pakistan, Canada, the United States, Norway and Australia. She has held a wide range of writing residencies, many of which involve working with artists from other disciplines. musicians, sculptors, dancers and painters. Joan has run writing workshops for children in diverse contexts, from inner city New Mexico and Merseyside to the Voice Box at the South Bank Centre and Schumacher College in Devon. She is especially fond of the natural world and celebrates its variety both in her poetry and collaborations with other practitioners.

Joan's contribution to poetry written for children has been to affirm the child's worldview in transparent language which romanticises neither childhood nor the world that children live in. She validates their voice and perspective, and refuses to mediate their stories with adult knowingness. As her poem ‘Millions' puts it. ‘Aren't we/impressive?' In poems that range in subject matter from an observation of a snoring grandparent (‘Like Grandad'), to the adoption of a baby sister who ‘looks just like me' (‘Like Me'), to befriending a pet dog (‘Tell Sam') Joan writes directly about what it means to be a child in the twenty-first century.

Not least among her concerns is the fate of the natural world. Her poems delight in tiny details, presenting ‘every petal, every stamen' of it (‘Touch the Sun') in fresh and vivid focus. She conjures ‘all the world/...as it's meant to be' but remains aware of the damage being done to wildlife and to habitats. In ‘Poem for the Whales', a poem of direct address, she says of humans that ‘we behave as if/you don't exist'. Joan Poulson's poems honour what we call the environment with wide-eyed amazement, from back-yard ‘jungles' (‘Snail-storm') to memorable miniatures of microscopic beauty, where dragonflies become ‘sparkling sapphire helicopters/purple aeroplanes/with eyes of bright topaz'. The effect of listening to her read these poems is to come face to face with the child's eye-view of that world, with all its unpredictability and amazement.

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