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Rising Stars: New Young Voices in Poetry
Poem

I have always wanted to be nocturnal,

To Live by the light of the moon.

There’s something about the stars – they’re eternal.

I pray the sun sets soon.

 

A F Harrold -poetryline
Poem

From Things You Find in a Poet's Beard by A.F. Harrold

 

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Great grey belly porker,

toothy yawning slug,

cow-nosed submarine,

BOOKED
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Poet
John Agard was born in Guyana and writes for children and adults. His latest collection of poetry The Rainmaker Danced was shortlisted for the CLiPPA 2018.
Poet

Allan Ahlberg is the author of over 150 books. He famously collaborated with his late wife Janet on picture books with rhyming texts such as Each Peach Pear Plum, Peepo!

Kwame Alexander
Poet
Kwame Alexander is a poet, children's book author, playwright, producer, public speaker and performer. Booked was highly commended by the CLiPPA judges in 2017.
Poem

All night Tippi and I lie with our arms
wrapped around each other
like rope.
I bury my face in her neck
and she wakes every now and then
to kiss the top of my head

Poem

'I'm fed up looking like Father Christmas,'
Muttered Father Christmas one year.
'I need a new outfit. I must move with the times.

The Rainmaker Danced
Poem

 

The Hairyboos were hairy, the Smoothyboos smooth.

But they lived side by side and were never rude.

Poem

I saw a bride splendid in white garments
I saw a woman with one hundred children 
The children plump and firm within her arms,

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