WRITING bush poetry online has given Bob Pacey a new lease on life.
Bob has been writing poetry for more than 15 years, but it wasn't until he joined The Australian Bush Poets Association that he found a community he could connect with.
He joined the online community in 2010 and hasn't looked back since.
"Through that I've met people who I never could have met otherwise," Bob said.
"It's expanded what I do and also helped my poetry."
Bob said members shared their poems on the site and got feedback from others.
"It keeps you writing and stops that writer's block," he said.
Bob said he hoped other Central Queensland bush poets would join the association.
"I've got no doubt there are a lot of other people out there who don't share their poetry," he said.
"But you're not going to be judged... there is no wrong way."
For Bob, writing bush poetry is a way to carry on a family tradition.
He said his aunt, brother, mother and grandmother had also written poetry.
Bob said writing poetry was therapeutic for him, but inspiration could strike at any time.
"It's mainly the fact that it enables you to express yourself," he said.
But, bush poetry is also one of the ways Bob has connected with his family history.
Bob is a descendant of Robert Pacey who settled in Rockhampton as a stockman with the Archer brothers in 1856.
He drowned in the Fitzroy River on April 17, 1868 and is buried in the Archer family private cemetery.
His pioneer family history has inspired many a poem.
"(His story) makes me proud," Bob said.
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