photo by Steve Snodgrass
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 6. Jungle Trail poem.
A vertical phrase or sentence is hidden in the centre of the poem, like a hidden path winding through a jungle.
Jon’s example of a Jungle Trail Poem:
With saws and motors, we stir the air to various tormented
convulsions, regularly terrorise our ears until they chime
their defeat. It’s our nature, I guess, to make squeals
and roars and whines, then wails and shrieks and ballyhoo,
as we carve rivers, as we scissor through tangled land.
And all as happy to terrorise as we are to be terrorised:
with steel and stone, each blast and blow and spark-spritz,
whirr and purr, one and other ; our race one hopeless orchestra.
Submitting your poem
Jon has now chosen his favourite response to the Jungle Trail 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 this Jungle Trail poem for inspiration:
Rainstorm Routine by Dillon Leet
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.