18th December 2012

Andre's a poet in motion




STANMORE Public School student Andre Issa has beaten out his rhyming rivals to be named winner of The POetry Object.

The program, run by the Red Room Company, had students from years 3 to 10 throughout Sydney writing a poem about an item of personal importance.

Andre's poem, The Magic Cat, centres on a statue in his family home. The statue was purchased by Andre's mother in Egypt and has sat on the mantlepiece as long as Andre can remember.

Andre said he had not written a lot of poetry, but would like to do more.

"I have written some poetry before but not as a passion or anything, just because our class did it," Andre said.

The poem and the statue are bieng shown – along with a selection of other poems – at The State Library of New South Wales until February 15.

- by work experience intern Simon Furey


Sydney poet Astrid Lorange who selected the winning piece, said Andre's work was beautiful.

"Andre's poem takes care at every detail: the lines are thoughtfully composed and arranged; the language is surprising and exact; the images are striking."

Inner West Courier

12th November 2012



FORGET about red roses and blue violets, these young poets are writing about their real loves -- fairy dresses, charm bracelets and foreign currency.

The Poetry Object asked children to write poems about their most treasured possessions. More than 700 entries were received from across Sydney and professional poet Astrid Lorange chose the 30 works to be displayed at the State Library of NSW. Three students at Forest Lodge Public School in Sydney's inner-west were selected for the exhibition. Their subjects are as varied as children's imaginations.

Lara Vance, 9, wrote about her beloved fairy dress that no longer fits her. ``I used to wear it so much,'' she said. ``When I was seven or eight I tried to get it on but it wouldn't fit.''

Year 6 student Laura Yeap, 12, dedicated her poem to her charm bracelet.

``It's something that I've always kept,'' she said. ``I don't really keep my teddy bears, I usually chuck them out.''

Isaac Wright's most valuable possession is a one-yen coin from his trip to Japan.

``One yen wouldn't get you anything really,'' the 12-year-old said. ``I wrote about finding the coin and how it reminds me of the holiday. At the time I wasn't a really big Japanese food fan, we didn't even eat sushi, but I do eat it now.''

The Poetry Object will be on display until February 15.

The Daily Telegraph

11th October 2012

The Poetry Object in Education Review

Education Review

26th September 2012

The Poetry Object in The Inner West Courier

Inner West Courier

30th October 2011

Students Deliver Object of Excellence

'Students Deliver Object of Excellence' in Spectrum. Download doc here.


30th October 2011

Poetry Object of His Desire

'Poetry Object of His Desire' in Extra. Download doc here.

Sun Herald

23rd October 2011

Verse on The Rocks

The Poetry Object in The Sun-Herald. Download doc here

Sun Herald

22nd October 2011

The Poetry Object in Spectrum

The Poetry Object in Spectrum. Download doc Here


20th October 2011

Beauty in Eye of Beholders

'Beauty in Eye of Beholders' in the Inner West Courier. Download doc here.

Inner West Courier

1st July 2011

The Poetry Object

'The Poetry Object'. Download doc here.

Time Out