Expressing ourselves through poetry
Anita Haigh, Helen Arkell Specialist Assessor, took on the 2.6 Challenge during lockdown and wrote a poem a day for 26 days. She has kindly allowed us to sell the resulting collection during Dyslexia Awareness Week with profits being donated to Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity.
‘In some ways [lockdown] has been a gift, offering the headspace necessary for creative writing, all too often pushed out by other demands on my time and energy. Inspired by my observations and reflections during lockdown, these poems cover a range of topics and employ different structures and devices.’
During Dyslexia Awareness Week 2020 we showcased extracts of Anita’s poetry on our social media platforms. A few are below.
From A Child’s View
I’m going to catch that virus and trap it in a jar
Then ride my bike to go and see my nanna and grandpa.
From Easter Dawn
On the vicarage lawn
The garden alive
With the sound of the dawn
From Two Metres Apart
No more shaking hands
Or pats upon the back;
Now we smile and side-step
As we pass along the track.
All extracts © Anita Haigh 2020
If you would like a copy of Anita’s collection, please get in touch email [email protected] with your contact details and how many copies you would like.