Poetry all year, please, not just for National Poetry Day!

Image of a closing down sale board uotside a shop

Closing Down

Haiku – in a bin
at the bottom of the aisle
next to the sonnets.

Limericks have had their day
It’s clear they’ve got nothing to say
Some find them rude
Vulgar and crude
They’re free if you’ll take them away

Free Verse is draped all over the shop.
Although it’s free
there is a modest charge
for each clump of words.

Cinquains
are down aisle five.
You can hear them counting
their syllables. Eight in this line.
Buy two?

New video ‘Zoot’ for National Poetry Day 4 October

In 2012, UK National Poetry Day is on Thursday 4 October.  The theme is STARS.  Be a star, read, write or buy some poetry.

Not for children: New Book “Outside Looking In”

Image of front cover of book "Outside Looking In" by Bernard Young

My latest book is now available to buy online from Lulu. It is £13.95 plus postage (which in the UK is £2.99 for one copy, but check the site for confirmation). This is not a book aimed at children. There are 61 pages of beautiful images and words about life, relationships, growing old, dreams, loss and love. There is a full preview available online if you can see the preview button to press.  Hope you like it and do tell your friends.  Christmas is coming…

New video ‘I’m a cat’

This is a new song, written to order. Cats are always a popular topic and this one seems to work well even with younger pre-school children.

Video of Explode by Bernard Young

Adding some new strings to the bow, new media to the repetoire, new audience opportunities. This poem/song is one that I often use to open up a day workshop. It works very well for audience participation and can go on for far longer than this version, which was recorded at home. Thanks to Karen for making it into a video and all of the people whose photos are on here for making them available under Creative Commons licence.

Link to Animoto version.