Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Inside A Dog With Garth Nix

I'm embarrassed to say that while I've heard of Insideadog, a website created by The Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria in Australia, I've never spent much time there. The website "promotes young adult literature, highlighting Australian writers and their work, and includes the best of the international scene."

Well, I received an e-mail today from the web project manager about an interesting aspect of the site. It maintains a blog with posts from writers-in-residence. Right now the writer-in-residence is Garth Nix. In today's post, Nix tries his hand at a "Viking poem" for Steve Irwin.

Since I took a course called "Classic and Folk Epic" when I was in college, the form of his poem looks familiar to me, the break being called, I think, a caesura. I can't comment one way or the other about the quality of Nix's poem, but what he's trying to do seems very appropriate.


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