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School students nationwide invited to write a poem about Canberra

By johnboy - 15 May 2009 55

I’m not sure this is a good idea.

Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that the The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards will include a Centenary Of Canberra section in which students across the country will be invited to write a poem about what they think of their nation’s capital.

    The award is for the best poem ‘telling your story about the nation’s capital and how Canberra tells Australia’s story’.

    Mr Stanhope particularly encouraged ACT students to get involved and to write about their city and what it means to all Australians.

    “The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards consistently attracts more than 11,000 entries from around the country and this is a unique way of engaging school children at this early stage in the lead up to the city’s 100th birthday,” Mr Stanhope said.

We can only hope the local students make the most of the opportunity.

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School students nationwide invited to write a poem about Canberra
Thumper 12:41 pm 15 May 09

Damn, and I spent a whole 20 seconds writing that…

*grumble*

GB 12:32 pm 15 May 09

“Poetry is no use whatever.”

ant said :

A poem? What is the use of a poem? Bloody hell.

“The whole notion of usefulness is irrelevant to what are called the fine arts, as it is to many other things, perhaps to most of the things that really matter. We who call ourselves “The West,” now that we’ve stopped calling ourselves Christians, are so imbued with the zeal for usefulness … that we find it difficult to escape from utilitarianism into real life.”

ant 12:30 pm 15 May 09

That looks suspiciously like a Poem to me, Thumper. Go back and make some proper Doggerel.

ant 12:29 pm 15 May 09

The lake’s not green, it’s brown. Now get THAT to rhyme!

Thumper 12:29 pm 15 May 09

Is this sufficiently wanky?

For so stand atop mountains grandly proclaim
Lands that lay soundly plains of limestone
For lakes that radiant shine brdige
Among trees gold and red the leaves thou shall fall
In winter no snow doth this land touch
In cold, bleak july frost touch thy breath
Morning crisp grass your feet they do break
But summer still passes glaring heat of shimmering mirage

justbands 12:26 pm 15 May 09

Nah Thumper…I swim in it all the time & I’m perfectly healthhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh ighghisdo t4gtraj h8935y89

Thumper 12:25 pm 15 May 09

The lake it is big
the lake it is green
and if you going swimming in it
you never again be seen.

Mr Evil 12:22 pm 15 May 09

Jim Jones said :

I love a small-town city
A land of concrete plains
Of rugged public servants
And the Tuggeranong Parkway

No, no, no – you’re not thinking like a teenager!

Canbra is a grate and fully sik town,
Its got big rounabouts, the ‘nats, firecracks and sh1t.
You can really be the baddest azz nigga there,
and no judge bitchez will never send you down.

ant 12:16 pm 15 May 09

Here we go, looks liek we’ve got one! Bewdy. Nice effort VY.

ant 12:16 pm 15 May 09

The trouble with poems is, someone’s got to read them or worse, listen to them.

Now, Jim Jones’ effort is not a poem, it is Doggerel and as such quite entertaining. Can’t we have a Canberra Doggerel competition instead?

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 12:15 pm 15 May 09

Of wankers in the right hand lane
A judge who sets crooks free
I get to whinge and laze around
The Guvvy town for me

Jim Jones 12:05 pm 15 May 09

I love a small-town city
A land of concrete plains
Of rugged public servants
And the Tuggeranong Parkway

ant 11:56 am 15 May 09

A poem? What is the use of a poem? Bloody hell.

motleychick 11:55 am 15 May 09

I’m trying to think of something I’d write in a poem about Canberra. All I can think of is how boring and sh1t it is. Would be interesting to see what the kids come out with though.

justbands 11:48 am 15 May 09

I’m sure school kids that have been to Canberra have only fond things to say…they bus in, do a whirlwind tour taking in Parliament House, War Memorial, Museum, Mint, etc…maybe stay a night (great opportunity to sneak into the girls/boys rooms) & then bus home. How bad could it be!

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