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Mr Clarke Thinks I'm Reading by Jacklyn Kistell

Poets need daydreaming time. In fact "doing nothing" is an

important activity for poets! Jacklyn Kistell has written very

effectively about daydreaming in class. (We have to admit it sometimes happens!). I enjoyed the vigour of the imagined pursuits - the student is obviously having a really good time. The use of repetition gives rhythm and structure. I like the directness of this poem about fantasising, its everyday language and the glimpse of what might go on under the perfect cover of "reading".

MONIZA ALVI

Moniza Alvi, this term's guest poet, was born in Pakistan and brought up in Hertfordshire. She has published two collections, 'The Country at My Shoulder' and 'A Bowl of Warm Air'.

MR CLARKE THINKS I'M READING

Mr Clarke thinks I'm reading Mr Clarke thinks I'm reading but I'm...

sailing the ocean, climbing mountains,

white water rafting.

In fact I'm not at school at all.

Mr Clarke thinks I'm reading but I'm...

chilling out with Oasis, having fun with The Verve,

starring in a film with Leonardo di Caprio.

In fact I'm not at school at all.

Mr Clarke thinks I'm reading but I'm...

playing netball for Yorkshire, kicking a ball with

Stockport County,

scoring a try for Castleford Tigers.

In fact I'm not at school at all.

Mr Clarke thinks I'm reading but I'm...

sailing the ocean, climbing mountains, white water rafting.

In fact I'm not at school at all.

JACKLYN KISTELL

Jacklyn Kistell, receives 'Why is the Sky?' edited by John Agard (Faber). Submitted by John Clarke of Castleford High School, West Yorks, who receives a set of Poetry Society posters with teacher's notes. For Poetry Society events, ring 0171 240 2133.

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