Verse novels


One of the more enjoyable experiences I have had this year has been the discovery of Steven Herrick’s verse novels, capable of painting a visual imagery in the mind while offering a gentle understanding of his characters. This would be a great way to open up the concept of poetry to a reluctant reader.

 If you would like to learn more about Steven Herrick the poet and author, goes to his web page at If you want to read some of his verse novels, they are available in bookstores, and, for those close to Sydney Uni, in the Curriculum Resources Library.


2 responses »

  1. I think Steven Herrick is great too. I especially like “The Gift’ and it is a great way to introduce older students who would not normally read a whole novel to some beautiful language in short readable chapters.

  2. Agreed. It is a great way to introduce the concept of poetry as narrative. The two others that I have read lately are “Lonesome Howl” and “A Place Like This”. Both are well worth a visit. They have opened up a whole new world of narative visualisation and a vital example of the power of words.

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