1914 Words of War

Friday 15 August 2014

As part of remembering World War I, Takaka Library is running a poetry competition.

"We're inviting our locals to write a poem to commemorate World War1 and National Poetry Day", says Takaka Branch Librarian Tish Potter.

"The World War I poets had a unique voice, capturing both the anguish and the heroism of war. Lines like these from Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfrid Owen are compelling: "...nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, the shrill, demented choirs of wailing shell..." ."

Local poets are invited to write an original poem on the theme of war and send it to Takaka Library by 20 August 2014. All poems received will be printed out and included in the library's 1914 Commemoration display.

Entrants can come in to Takaka Library on National Poetry Day, Friday 22 August, to read their poems plus another war poem by a favourite poet. Audience members will choose their favourite poem of the day with the winner receiving a copy of 1914 Poetry Remembers, edited by British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Related links

 

www.tasman.govt.nz newzealand.govt.nz