“As individuals, we are shaped by story from the time of birth; we are formed by what we are told by our parents, our teachers, our intimates.” – Helen Dunmore
My choice for "Saturday's poet" is British writer Helen Dunmore, who said growing up in a large family (her parents also came from large families) was a great influence on her writing because, "In a large family you hear and observe a great many stories." The writer of award-winning poetry and a couple dozen books (mostly for children), she said writing books for kids has given her a special grounding in her craft.
“Writing children's books gives a writer a very strong sense of narrative drive. Children will not pretend to be enjoying books, and they will not read books because they have been told that these books are good. They are looking for delight.”
Among her clever children’s books are Aliens Don’t Eat Bacon Sandwiches and Go Fox, two of her several of her works taught in British elementary schools. Here’s "Saturday's Poem" by Dunmore.
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