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The Night the moon fell Down by Bill Nagelkerke.

September 26, 2019

poetryThe Night the moon fell Down by Bill Nagelkerke.  Copy Press Nelson, 2019.

This is the first book of poems that I have reviewed on this blog and it required some thinking of how I was going to do it.

It was obvious from the first poem as “One quick flick One sharp click One small bulb Scares away the big, dark night” that Bill was born to be a poet and that poetry helped him remember and understand his childhood.

He writes about playing football with a homemade ball, riding scooters with ‘My best friend’s Mother’s Mother’s Mother’s brother”, going to the supermarket for milk and buying a whole trolley full of other groceries.

His father was a baker because “he kneads the dough (sad joke I know” and his mother makes concrete cake. Xmas came from Holland in a parcel and Mount Cook “lost thirty feet The day it’s summit plummeted”.

He finishes with every writer’s nightmare “A pain at night Can sometimes be a poem in the head” and the last  poem is 25 words given to him by a teacher to make a poem. Superb.

Simple, easy to understand and a lot more than I have told you here.

For primary and secondary school readers.

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