by Helen Holt
An award-winning Timaru poet will release a book this year.
Mountainview High School pupil Lucy Barge (17) won the open junior category at the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition.
She received the award shortly after lockdown last year.
Lucy submitted three contemporary poems, and her favourite, Away With Us, was the winner.
It is set in Otago, and depicts a strained relationship between a mother and daughter.
She was inspired to write the poem after a trip to Otago.
Lucy said she used poems as a creative and emotional outlet.
“I find poetry very therapeutic, as a way to deal with negative emotions.
“I write when I’m very emotionally stimulated, and I just put everything on a page, and then I tidy it up.”
Lucy will release her book of poems, also called Away With Us, in November through Pukeko Publications.
She said it was a dream come true to publish a book.
“It’s been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember.
“I never thought I would actually reach it.”
The book had several poems which stood alone, but would tell a collective story.
The teenager said she had been a poet since before she could hold a pencil.
“When I was 3, I used to say poetry and my mum or dad would write it down always been my passion.”
Lucy hoped to keep writing after she finished school, and to share her works with others.