We are challenging you to write your own mini anthology of poems this August! To help you, every two days poet Jon Stone will set a new challenge on the Young Poets Network site to spark off a new poem.
Challenge 1: Bookshelf Poem
Make this poem entirely out of book titles. You can use more than one in a line if you want, and add or take away punctuation to make it flow, but you can’t chop them up or miss out words! The title can be anything you want.
Jon’s example of a Bookshelf Poem:
The Climb into Thin Air
Maigret in Holland, Maigret in court,
Maigret in Montmartre, Maigret in New York,
Maigret in exile:
five little pigs doomed to die.
wide sargossa sea:
by the pricking of my thumbs, wake the dead.
border songs, fault lines,
female chauvinist pigs:
a man lay dead in the teeth of the audience.
Send for the saint, hide my eyes,
fear the worst, beat the reaper,
meet me at the moon:
elephants remember a murder of quality.
Harvest of fear, river of death,
storm of steel, sea of poppies,
fortress of solitude:
pearls are a nuisance. Bribery, corruption also.
Gaudy night, other rooms, other voices.
Submitting your poem
Jon has now chosen his favourite responses to the Bookshelf challenge, but you can still use his workshop to spark a new poem and send to one of the opportunities on our Poetry Map! Have a read of these Bookshelf poems for inspiration:
A Murder is Announced by Ruby Mason
The Difference Between Nightmares and Reality by Shannon Clemow
From rapture to reality by Nasim Asl
Untitled by Maya Little
Jon Stone was born in Derbyand currently lives in Whitechapel,London. He is co-creator of the multi-format arts journal Fuselit and micro-anthology publishers Sidekick Books. He won a Society of Authors Eric Gregory Award in 2012 and his collection, School of Forgery (Salt, 2012) is a Poetry Book Society Summer Recommendation. He works as a court transcript editor.