Book Review: ‘Light A National Poetry Day Book’ edited by Gaby Morgan

Light

Title: Light A National Poetry Day Book

Published: 1st October 2015

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Edited by: Gaby Morgan

Poets: Deborah Jane Roshan Alma, Brian Moses, Chrissie Gittins, Liz Brownlee, Rachel Rooney, Michaela Morgan, Jan Dean, Paul Cookson, Roger Stevens, Joseph Coelho, Indigo Williams and Sally Crabtree

Synopsis:

A free poetry book to celebrate National Poetry Day 2015 with poems on the them of light from Deborah Alma, Brian Moses, Chrissie Gittins, Liz Brownlee, Michaela Morgan, Jan Dean, Paul Cookson, Roger Stevens, Joseph Coelho, Indigo Williams and Sally Crabtree.

National Poetry Day is a mass celebration, a special day on which all are invited to discover and share the enjoyment of poems. It’s a chance to let language off the leash and to relish the sounds that words can make when they are spoken with delight.

We hope that the poems in this book – all inspired by this year’s National Poetry Day theme of light – will kindle an enthusiasm for poetry that continues to grow long after the day itself, Thursday 8 October 2015, has passed.

Review:

A great little collection of poems brought together all using the theme of light.

Each poet has a section of the book dedicated to them where it says little about who they are, shows the poem they created using the theme of light, what their inspiration is to writing poems, some writing tips on how they create them along with a favourite poem of theirs by someone else. A great reference book for people who want to get a feel for whether they would like poetry – either to read or maybe have a go at writing for themselves.

My favourite poems were Playing with Stars by Brian Moses and Beware of the Grey by Paul Cookson.

 

Playing with Stars by Brian Moses

 

Young children know what it’s like

to play with stars.

 

First of all it’s a wink and a smile

from some distant constellation,

then it’s hide and seek as they disappear

in a cover of cloud.

Sometimes children see how far

they can travel to a star

before familiar voices call them

home to bed.

 

Like all good games, of course,

you need to use a little imagination

when playing with stars.

More experienced players

can jump over stars or shake down a star.

Some can trap them in butterfly nets,

but you should always let them loose again.

Stars grow pale and die it you cage them.

 

Sometimes the stars tell stories

of their journeys across the sky

and sometimes they stay silent.

At these times children may travel themselves,

wandering a line that unravels

through their dreams.

At these times too the stars play their own games,

falling from the sky when there’s no one there to catch them.

 

Sometimes you find these stars on the ground,

dazed and confused. Be warned though:

even fallen stars may be hot to touch.

 

Young children know what it’s like

to rescue stars, to hold them gently

in gloved hands and then,

with one almighty fling,

sling them back to the sky.

 

Adults forget what it’s like

to play with stars,

and when children offer to teach them

they’re far too busy.

 

I liked this one as it shows the innocence of children and the use of their own imaginations. It shows how when you get older you tend to lose that child like essence and it takes a child imagination to try and bring it back to you. How many of us as children thought you could catch a star? I know I did – I mean there was even a song about it ‘catch a falling star and put it in your pocket save it for a rainy day’.

Beware The Grey by Paul Cookson

 

Beware of The Grey

Beware of The Grey

Fading your dreams

And ambitions away

 

Beware of The Grey

Beware of The Grey

Melting the night time

Into the day

 

He’ll take all the colours

And drain them away

Beware of the evil

Beware of The Grey

 

Whatever you do

Whatever you say

Keep you eyes open

Beware of The Grey

 

Don’t put off tomorrow

What can be today

Follow your vision

Beware of The Grey

 

He’ll shade all your dreams

And whisper and say

Don’t worry – give up

Beware of The Grey

 

Where there’s a will

There’s always a way

Little by little

Beware of The Grey

 

He’ll suck out your dreams

And say It’s okay …

Accept second best

Beware of The Grey

 

Beware of The Grey

Beware of The Grey

Fading your dreams

And ambitions a

w

a

y …

 

I liked this one as it’s trying to get you to be aware of things that could bring you down. It wants you to dream big and never give up on them. Don’t let anyone say you can’t do it, just always try your best before your dreams start to fade away.

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4 out of 5 stars

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