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Heart Poems for Children’s Heart Week

12th May 2014

Heart Poems for Children's Heart Week
This week - 12th to 18th May - is Children's Heart week, run by the Children's Heart Federation. Poet Rebecca Goss lost her firstborn to a rare heart condition in 2007. This year, she has decided to use her vocation to draw attention to the cause.

Last year, we reviewed Her Birth, Goss‘ collection of poems that echoes the memory of her daughter. Almost a year on from its publication, its author is using her blog to publish five poems each day this week.

I would like to raise awareness of congenital heart disease and the positive things that can be done to support heart babies and their familiesGoss wanted to take the opportunity to use something beautiful and universal to commemorate the week and celebrate poetry as a form:

“I’m a poet, so I thought heart poems – poems that all have the word heart in them – would be nice way to draw attention to the charity.  I also see this blog as a way of getting poetry outside the immediate poetry arena and shared amongst all sorts of people.”

The first day saw the first five poems uploaded to the site, including lines by Jo Bell, Mary Robinson and Amy Key, approaching the theme through song, nature and heartbreak. Other poets tipped to share their work during the week are Pascale Petit and Kaddy Benyon.

The poems will be interspersed with useful information about the federation and its work. “I would like to raise awareness of congenital heart disease and the positive things that can be done to support heart babies and their families,” says Goss. “Some terrific poems have come my way for this project, I hope people enjoy them.” 

As well as keeping tabs on Rebecca’s blog, you can follow her and the Children’s Heart Federation on Twitter. Please show your support by sharing the love with #heartpoems.