Copyrightfrom The Humpbacks Wail (Rabbit Hole Publications, 2010), © Chrissie Gittins 2010, used by permission of the author
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Chrissie Gittins poetry for children is rich and varied in both form and subject; her three collections are bursting with everything from limericks to list poems, shape-poems to songs, and manage to be silly, scary, funny, sad and exciting all at the same time, often within the same poem.
The poems play with language, exploring the way we speak and shout, sing and write, and how the world all around is translated through words. She invokes the magic of new and unknown words by repeating them or listing them to a rhythm; main mast, mizzen mast, fore mast, shot lockers, bowsprit, gripe.
Chrissie Gittins was born in Lancashire and lives in London.
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