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It's the Sound of the Thing

It's the Sound of the Thing

100 New Poems for Young People

by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Paperback
Publication Date: 07/06/2023

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It’s the Sound of the Thing is an exuberant and evocative collection of poetry for young people from Maxine Beneba Clarke, one of Australia’s most innovative and celebrated poets. 

This extraordinary collection celebrates the joy of language and features enticing and relatable poems about everyday life – the sounds of the block, the boredom of detention and the happenings in the schoolyard. Poems about candy, peanut butter and pets. Poems about a big brother’s messy room, a grandfather’s fading memory and a grandmother’s garden magic.

Through haiku, sonnets, narrative verse, rhyming couplets, limericks, free verse, tongue-twisters and more, Maxine invites readers to fall in love with the wonder that is poetry.

  • Shortlisted -- Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2024
  • Shortlisted -- Australian Book Industry Awards 2024
  • Best Australian Children's Books of 2023 -- The Guardian
  • Best of 2023 -- Aussie Bookstagang
  • One of Readings' 100 Bestselling Kids & YA Books of 2023
ISBN:
9781761212123
9781761212123
Category:
Educational: English language & literacy
Format:
Paperback
Publication Date:
07-06-2023
Language:
English
Publisher:
Hardie Grant Children's Publishing
Country of origin:
Australia
Pages:
208
Dimensions (mm):
197.99x127.99mm
Maxine Beneba Clarke

Maxine Beneba Clarke is a widely published Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean descent. Maxine's short fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been published in numerous publications including Overland, The Age, Meanjin, The Saturday Paper and The Big Issue.

Her critically acclaimed short fiction collection Foreign Soil won the ABIA for Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2015 and the 2015 Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Matt Richell Award for New Writing at the 2015 ABIAs and the 2015 Stella Prize. She was also named as one of the Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists for 2015.

Maxine has published three poetry collections including Carrying the World, which won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry 2017 and was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award. The Hate Race, a memoir about growing up black in Australia won the NSW Premier's Literary Award Multicultural NSW Award 2017 and was shortlisted for an ABIA, an Indie Award, the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards and Stella Prize. The Patchwork Bike, Maxine's first picture book with Van T. Rudd was a CBCA Honour Book for 2017.

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