Corinne Fenton

What poets did you enjoy reading as a child?

William Wordsworth, Robert Louis Stevenson, Banjo Patterson and anyone else who popped up in those school readers from long ago.

Do you remember the first poem that you ever wrote? How old were you? Can you share it with us?

Oh God! I actually have it. I was 13. (see below)

Do you write mostly in rhyme or in free verse? Do you know why?

Both. Have no idea why, they just come one way or the other.

Are your poems best performed aloud or read quietly to oneself? Can you provide an example?

Quietly I think. Mine aren’t performance poetry.

Who first published your poetry?

Preston Technical College Girls’ School Magazine

Where else have your poems been published?

Warrandyte Diary, Cancer Council Awards, Australian Brain Foundation, Box Hill TAFE, Cherububble

Anthologies are often places for poets to seek publication. How would you suggest a new poet find out about upcoming anthologies?

Through TAFE

Have you published a collection of your own poems? Where would we find a copy?

No I haven’t.

What are you working on at the moment?

More picture books. One actually is in rhyme.

Do you have a website/blog/facebook where we can find out more about you?

www.corinnefenton.com and I’m on Twitter

Do you have a favourite poetry websites?

No,  I prefer holding  the book for poetry – particularly  big thick ones like  an  Oscar Wilde collection with gold edges

Would you like to share one of your poems with us?

I guess this is where I put my very first poem (with red face).

Winter as a Man

The drover tours the desert land,
Cracking his whip at every command,
He brings the winter cold and grey,
And coaches the cattle on, every day.

The sound of his whip makes the thunder roar,
The sound of their hooves makes the rain down-pour,
Their voices are heard very far away,
They make lightning come most every day.

The mud is thick, the days are dark,
Drovers dress in their warmest garb,
All because of ‘Lightning’ the drover.

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