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Forget stuffy and boring. Poetry has both inspired and been used by musicians, and won many a heart along the way!

Logo of National Poetry Day National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is a one-day celebration of poetry run each year. In 2015 it took place on Friday 28 August.

Canterbury Poetry Slam

Canterbury’s young people show their passion for poetry at the Canterbury Poetry Slam. See all the entrants, their insanely talented performance skills and recommended poetry resources for teens on our Canterbury Poetry Slam page.

Poetry web sites

* Poetry
Christchurch City Libraries' page on poetry connects you with resources and organisations that will help you learn about poetry and how to write and get it published.
* Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre
Access this full-text resource for thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques.
Access this with your library card number and password / PIN, or at our libraries.
* Lit Finder
Access to full text poems and additional poem citations and excerpts.
Access this with your library card number and password / PIN, or at our libraries.
* Poetry resources
Links to recommended poetry websites.
* Merlyn's Pen
Brilliant poems etc from other teens here plus a chance to get your own edited & published on site.
* Munster Literature Centre Competitions
The MunsterLiterature Centre runs several compettions throughout the year including short stories and poetry competitions.
* New Poetry Society
Non-profit organisation supporting poetry and poets in New Zealand.
* New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre
A comprehensive electronic gateway to poetry resources in New Zealand and the Pacific region for a local and international audience of students, scholars, poets and interested members of the public.
* Poetry Archive
Listen to contemporary poets, both past and present, reading their own work. Also included is a wealth of background material on each poet and some filmed interviews.
* Poetry Wiki
Express yourself freely in words and find new ways to do it. Create a log-in and once you're accepted you can contribute to this poetry wiki for teens.
* Schools Poetry Awards
The Award is normally held annually. It is free to enter and open to Year 12 and 13 students across New Zealand.
* Starling
Online literary journal featuring prose and poetry by New Zealanders under 25 years of age. Accepts submissions.