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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 4. Helicopter poem.
Each verse consists of two long lines (like helicopter blades!), blurred together by using many of the same, or similar, or rhyming words in each. For added effect, keep returning to words you’ve already used throughout the poem.
Jon’s example of a helicopter poem:
It’s neat the way the wind can dance with so many particles at once
neat the way the particles summon the wind in full swoonish dance
and how it can gather for ages, like someone gathering a bedsheet
from a bed with no edges, gathering, gathering a howl of summer sheet
and how the town turns into a nest of stones, a neat but pebbly beach
beneath this tower-howl, this huge tangled devilly net of shorn stone
but a storm likes to scorch and strip the earth with its fiery belly dance
its strip dance which storms to a scorched stripe the earth’s fired belly.
Submitting your poem
Jon has now chosen his favourite responses to the August challenges, but you can still use his workshop to spark a new poem and send to one of the opportunities on our Poetry Map!
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.