‘Being a poet isn’t a job. It’s who you are. It’s to do with a way of seeing the world – mainly about seeing connections between things and then having an irresistible urge to recreate that connection in words.’
We are big fans of Jan’s poems and recently, whist reading an excellent blog by Nihal Yildirim on stifling student creativity, I remembered ‘Writing’. In the poem a young boy/girl writes freely about a grizzly event that occurred in the kitchen. The teacher completely overlooks the content and instead focuses on the poor spelling and inappropiate length of the writing, probably something we teachers have all been guilty of at one time or another.
and then I saw it
saw it all all the mess
and blood and evrythink
and mam agenst the kichin dor
the flor all stiky
and the wall all wet
and red an dad besid the kitchin draw
i saw it saw it all
an wrot it down an ever word of it is tru
You must take care to write in sentences,
Check your spellings and your paragraphs.
Is this finished? It is rather short.
Perhaps next time you will have more to say.
And many thanks to Jan for giving us permission to use her poem. As she says, ‘A poem is a place where you meet the poet and look at the world from the same window.’