photo by Caro’s Lines
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 8. U-boat poem.
Every line fires three one-word torpedoes!
Jon’s example of a U-boat Poem:
What it is to melt (not sink) into hot frothy water,
taking all that you were before –
– and turning it into a gleaming land mass
though the bubblebath makes Scylla’s skin itch
and the fumes gently pull on her eyelids, calling
She drifts into visions of miniscule boats and men
on her hip, her hand’s slow itching the menace of
Submitting your poem
Jon has now chosen his favourite response to the U-Boat 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 U-boat poems for inspiration:
Vampire Girls Summer by Matilda Cormier-Stumpf
Jon Stone was born inDerbyand 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.