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Wednesday Poetry Corner: Attention!!! The Internet Detonator sabotaged my call for Mother submissions!

Dear poets, I have caught the bug! Not the bug that drives us to write voraciously from pleasure ~ but the blasted internet detonator that has been going about lately! The upshot is that my web-site and emails attached to it, are down, crashed, disappeared into an internet instant of eradication! Believe me, I am working very hard to put it right!

Some of you have been trying to contact me with submissions. Please use this address:  Good old gmail!

I may have to extend the deadline for submissions because of this. I hope those of you who have taken the time to make submissions will be patient.

Plum Tree Books Poetry

Art By Fycsene Shields

The poetry I am looking for is about MOTHER! In my humble opinion, a poem should speak to the collective, say it beautifully, succinctly or challengingly and  put into words something we all feel. It was my original intention that the anthology should celebrate the qualities of MOTHER ~ whether motherly feelings towards your own child or feelings about the beauty, wonder, splendour, joy, appreciation, friendship, love, importance of mothers or mothering in general. Mother can also refer to Earth.

Before making your submission, please ask yourselves the following:

Does your poem describe collective feelings? Have you expressed something pertinent to the many?

This anthology should celebrate MOTHER! I am looking for a hug from the page!

Thank you!


About Dr Niamh

I am doing what I love most: writing children's books. As a child, learning new words was a delicious delight. Tasting them roll around my tongue, practicing pronunciation, then trotting them out whenever possible, made me feel very clever indeed. Children of today are no different. They love saying new-really-difficult-to-pronounce words, (useful for spells or superheroes). So, I prefer not to censor broader vocabulary. I believe we should never 'talk down' to shapers-of-the-future but encourage them always to think their best and realise their astonishing potential. They are so bright, inquisitive and imaginative! For this reason, when hard-to-pronounce-big words creep into my stories (because they serve a purpose) and strut across the page full of self-importance, I give them permission to show off. Why not! They have much to teach us about language. It is easy to call on the little words to tell simple, contextual stories about them and make their meaning clear. Words should tease, disrupt and challenge. Sentences should say exactly what is meant, without too much meandering. Apart from all that, I love making up new words that include lots-of-things-all-at-once. (I have even written in ant-language!) And plots! Plots must be magical, full of childhood self-empowerment, positive, with inwoven facts and strong elements of personal development. Lastly, at Dr. Niamh Children's Books, we endeavour to uphold good grammar. In the interests of technique, art, literacy and creativity, a child needs to learn the rules of grammar first before s/he knows how to break them successfully. If pushed to blow my own trumpet (better than blowing someone else's and which, will only happen when forced to sell something), I would say I write modern children's classics: content rich with great vocabulary and little gems of wisdom that might keep us company into adulthood. I hope you and your children will enjoy reading my stories as much as I love writing them. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination.

5 comments on “Wednesday Poetry Corner: Attention!!! The Internet Detonator sabotaged my call for Mother submissions!

  1. Professor VJ Duke
    April 16, 2014

    Greetings from the professor!


  2. scillagrace
    April 17, 2014

    Aha! That solves the mystery of why I had such a hard time getting mail to you. Sorry about this glitch; I hope all goes well with the anthology despite it!


    • ontheplumtree
      April 17, 2014

      It has taken a few days to sort it out, Priscilla, but am flying again!


  3. I have a poem and a painting which i will submit to you.. :)


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