Posted 05.08.12 in Features
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 3: Censorship poem.
Make a poem by blacking out parts of a page of text.
Jon’s example of a Censorship Poem:
consider the relic
My change of heart
a small box out of a locked cabinet
our monastery possessed
this little casket
I am not able to
break the spell
cause ruin lapse into
in great astonishment.
I want to express some
the only existing record
in that cabinet
is well known to you
all earthly things
wandered in the desert
in the torn jacket
It was the devil dressed in
perturbed for a moment by this imposition.
Jon has now chosen his favourite responses to the Censorship 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 Censorship poems for inspiration:
Maiden by Natasha Keary
Darkness by Angelique Cridland
E.M.I.T. by Lauren Clare Malthas
The Outsider in the Sun by Jake Reynolds
Jon Stone was born in Derby and 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.
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