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A Poem About the Haze in Singapore and Malaysia

By Gloson On June 22, 2013 No Comments

Our land has been hit by the annual haze,
it’s sending nasal systems into a craze.
’cause forests in Sumatra have been burned with a blaze.
So now we get haze for several days.

The PSI has hit a record of four-oh-one.
It hasn’t been a gentleman to health and to fun,
outdoors, the Gangnam Style cannot be done.
(sorry, I couldn’t help avoiding the pun).

People are staying home indoors like crazy.
They sit in their sofas and full-blast the AC.
The outdoor guys, well, they don surgical masks
to carry out outdoor allergical tasks.

Nasal jammed.
Yellow phlegm.
Indoors crammed.
What a shame.

But don’t you worry, friends,
because it all will soon be fine.
Even the thickest haze will end
and the sun will shine.



Gloson Recites His Top 10 Favorite Poems from MMPoetry 2013

By Gloson On April 30, 2013 8 Comments

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Hello everyone. Happy National Poetry Month! There has been some great things going on this month, such as Greg Pincus’ 30 Days 30 Poets and also the 2013 Progressive Poem.

I know it’s almost the end of the month, but it’s not too late to recite my top 10 favorite poems from MMPoetry 2013!

March Madness Poetry (a.k.a. MMPoetry) has been one of my new great experiences this year. It’s my first time joining a poetry-writing tournament. You can view my entry poem, the Venal Judge, but it lost to Kathy Ellen Davis in Round 1. (Don’t worry, I’ll beat her next year. :P )

[For those who don’t know, MMPoetry is a mad tournament. Set up by Ed DeCaria, it’s an arena in which 64 poets (known as ‘authletes’) duel one-on-one by writing a poem that contains the seeded word (e.g. “13-venal”). The poem that gets the most votes wins! There’s this process of elimination until we get the champion.]

Because I love reciting poetry, I’ve found 10 poems from MMPoetry 2013 to recite. I wish I could recite more poems, but because of time, I had to pick just 10.

The poems I picked are not necessarily the ones I voted for, but the ones that I feel my voice can express. That means if a poem I didn’t vote for suits my voice, I will still recite it. :D

Here are my top 10 favorite MMPoetry 2013 poems to recite! I recited all from memory so there might be one or two mistakes. So without further ado, here is the video! Enjoy!

You can find out more about the authors by clicking on the names.

10. Murphy’s Law (5-sterile)Tiffany Strelitz Haber
9. Debatable (8-certitude)Marileta Robinson
8. On The Eve Of The Equinox (6-conservative)Mary Lee Hahn
7. The Thief (1-abscond)Nessa Morris
6. Fat Tom (9-fathom)Samuel W. Kent
5. Secret Identity (8-caricature) – Marileta Robinson
4. Cat Burglar (9-burgle) – Samuel W. Kent
3. Against Falsity and Pretense (10-hypocrisy)Heidi Mordhorst
2. The Oyster & the Jellyfish (7-irritation)Marcus Ewert
1. The Meretricious Red Delicious (15-meretricious)J. J. Close

Thank you very much for watching! Tell me which was your favorite recitation in the comments below. I’ve still got a lot to learn so compliments/critique appreciated. :)



Why Should You Buy Gloson’s Poetry Books?

By Gloson On April 19, 2013 No Comments

Hello there. Nice to meet you. :D

If you’re reading this, that means you’re interested in my poetry books. Thanks! I actually feel kinda awkward writing this because I was afraid I’d sound like a marketish salesman.

Nevertheless, I decided that this post must be written so that people can come to know the value of the books I create, and not overlook them as “just another book”.

So, what makes these poetry books so special, unique, and worth buying?

3. They contain funny poetry written from a child’s perspective

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As my book trailer says, “Most books are written by adults, but this one’s by a kid.”

Yes, the books that adults write can be very good in quality, but there’s something different and unique about a book that is truly, actually written during childhood ages, without writing-related help from adults. Its writing style is something that kids feel they can relate to.

Not only that, the illustrations are also illustrated by the same child! Because 11-year-old Gloson is tech-savvy, he used a nifty software called Photoshop to help him create the illustrations—full-page, full-color illustrations. So, not only are the poems the art of a child, but the illustrations too!

2. They encourage other kids to write

Poetry is a powerful engine that drives literacy and learning, perhaps because it’s such a wonderful way to express yourself.

Kids are drawn to funny poetry because it resonates with their childlikeness. Plus, it’s also rhythmic and it RHYMES! How could a kid not love poetry after being shown a good, funny poem? :)

And how much more the effect will be when the poems are written by a kid their age? They would totally dig the poems!

1. They inspire kids to achieve great things in life

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Peer inspiration is very powerful.

If you realize it, Gloson’s books inspire kids to achieve great things in life. When a kid sees another kid achieving something (such as publishing a book), they tend to get inspired to do something great themselves.

In my speeches to schools, I tell the students to do something great with their hobbies and talents, just as I did. I encourage them to beat my record of being the Youngest Published Poet in Malaysia.

I tell them to look at my book which has my face on it, and I get them to repeat, “Gloson can do it, I can do it, we can do it!”

After my speech at Sri Nobel (Elementary), one mother told me that her son said these words to her, “Mommy, you don’t need to work anymore. I will write a book and make money!”

I’m really touched that I’ve helped to create a spark that caused a kid to even say something as great and ambitious as that.

These books were previously just available in Malaysia, but now, through Amazon and Kindle, I’ve made them accessible internationally in countries such as the USA, Australia, England, and more!

Here are the links to order Gloson’s books:

Creative & Funny Poetry for Kids
contains 20 poems, each 4-6 stanzas long
suitable for all ages, particularly 7-15 years old.

Amazon (paperback)
Kindle (digital)

Creative Row Your Boats
contains 20 poems, each one stanza long
to be sung to the tune of “Row Your Boat”
suitable for toddlers, preschool, kindy, and nursery rhyme lovers!

Amazon (paperback)
Kindle (digital)

Thank you very much for your support! I appreciate every bit of it.

I know I’m inspiring kids to excel, but by buying my books, YOU are inspiring ME to excel too!



Welcome, Readers of Laura Shovan’s Blog! (My Guest Post on Code and Poetry)

By Gloson On April 2, 2013 1 Comment

Hello people, I’ve just had the honor of guest posting on Laura’s Shovan’s amazing blog, Author Amok. This is my first guest post in ages!

Click here to read – 7 Things Poetry and Code Have in Common

gloson-crazy-faceIf you are coming from Author Amok,

WELCOME! Every single one of you! Thank you for stopping by. I’ve just emerged into the online kidlitosphere only a few months ago and I’m thrilled that you’ve stopped by.

If I don’t know you yet, do leave me a comment so I can say hi to you.

If you want to know more about me, click here. Basically, I’m 15-year-old tech-savvy poet (or a poetry-savvy techie, depending on whether you knew me from Gloson Blog before).

I’ve been writing poetry for kids since I was 9 years old because it’s really fun to write! I also perform my poetry at schools and would love to visit your classroom if given the opportunity.

I also have recently put up my first poetry book (that I wrote at 9; illustrated at 11) on Amazon and Kindle, so any support from you is appreciated! My poetry book is explained in detail in a book trailer that I’ve made (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t77QbEh0NEM).

You can read more of my kids poems on this site. Just go to the homepage, scroll down, and I hope you enjoy! :)

If you like what you read, do subscribe so you won’t miss out on any future poems and blog posts!

And now for a short poem I like to call “Thanks for the Visit.”

Thanks for the Visit

Thanks for the visit!
How do you do?
My name is Gloson,
how about you?

I write children’s poetry,
Do you do too?
If so, stick around
and give it a chew. :)



The Portaloo in Waterloo – A Poem

By Gloson On March 17, 2013 3 Comments

Hey guys, as you might know, I lost the #MMPoetry 2013 tournament to the talented Kathy Ellen Davis. (View our matchup here.) She wrote a poem related to poo which knocked my poem out! But I was not the only one who lost to a poo poem. Buffy Silverman also beat Ana Paest with a poo poem.

(Even though I got eliminated, I really enjoyed the tournament and will continue enjoying it till April 2nd! You should too!)

Anyways, after having a friendly twitter chat with Stephen W. Cahill (the MMPoetry 2012 Champion), I got an idea for a poo-based poem.

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And so, ladies and gentlemen… I present to you, the Portaloo in Waterloo, with the first couplet written by Stephen W. Cahill!

The Portaloo in Waterloo

At the portaloo in Waterloo,
where pigeons coo and people poo……

The French troops warred against the Brits,
whose Prussian allies had got wits,

The Prussians thought with mighty brains,
"We’ll strike the Frenchies with ‘the pains’."

And so, this tactic they did do:
They stole their ONLY portaloo!

And then, they dropped the final jinx;
Poured laxatives in French troops’ drinks!

On battle day, the French troops fell, because they had no portaloo.
And now you know the story of the portaloo in waterloo!

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Hope you liked it! :D Cheers!
Gloson “Teh” Poet.

Update (March 20, 2013): Oh my, there’s ANOTHER poop poem!

In the MMPoetry’s battle, 7-jostle vs. 15-euphemism, Susan Taylor Brown (7-jostle) wrote a non-fiction dino poem and Josh J. Close (15-euphemism) wrote a poop poem. There has been a heated poop discussion in the comments. (You should read them!)

Ed DeCaria even made a poop rendition of Susan Taylor Brown’s poem in the comments, which I found pretty amusing.

Previously, Susan Taylor Brown’s amazing poem was leading, but suddenly a group of 4th graders nudged the stupendous poop poem up above, and Josh won by 6 votes. It was an intense battle indeed.