stanza that comes into my head,” he said. “Henry Lawson is my favourite poet but I love Banjo Patterson and the Australian style of poetry. I just relate to them and would like to think I have a romantic notion of our country and writing but that’s up to the reader I suppose.”
“I’ve just finished a poem about Bobby Buggler the Juggler, Harry the Hermit Crab, and Captain Phipps the Pirate, and one of my favourites Home-made Thing-a-ma-bike about a boy and his dad going down the street and getting hard rubbish off the side of the road and making a bike.”
Never knowing when the muse will strike is an understatement for Jai, who wrote his first children’s poem on the back of a sick bag in the middle of the ocean.
A former carpenter, Jai now devotes his days to penning his wonderful verses.
“Two years ago in March I was coming home from Tassie and my partner Sarah had seasickness. I couldn’t sleep so I wrote My Beard on the back of a sick bag,” said Jai, who has always had an affiliation with beards. “I do like the beard and I am a fan of a satirical band called The Beards. I’ve had my beard since I was 14.”
“I feel like this has always been inside me but I may have forgotten about it. Life gets in the way so to speak but now I can’t see any other way to live apart from writing.” Phone Jai for further details on 0450 080 587. www.picklepoetry.com
“My Beard was the first poem in the kid’s genre and is currently being illustrated by Fred Whitson, a local artist. The book will be out in May,” said Jai. “I released another book in December last year called A Selected Collection of Rhymes, and My Safe Word is Poetry in February, which I wrote in the last 12 months and started my publishing house Pickle Poetry so I can print on demand.” Being a true master of the craft, 38 year old Jai finds it easy to get into the headspace of kids and laughingly says he is still a kid himself.
“...a cult hit in the making if I ever saw one."
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