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Posted 15.08.12 in Features

August Writing Challenge 8: U-boat Poem

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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:


Scylla

What it is to melt (not sink) into hot frothy water,
scented
plushed
sloshed

taking all that you were before -
rust-stubborn,
burdened
blackened

- and turning it into a gleaming land mass
slipstreamed
pliable
volcanic

though the bubblebath makes Scylla’s skin itch
blotch
prickle
slacken

and the fumes gently pull on her eyelids, calling
hush
shush
untense

She drifts into visions of miniscule boats and men
sailing
flailing
crashing

on her hip, her hand’s slow itching the menace of
wolves
tentacles
dragons

 

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

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.



Comments (2)

2 Responses to “August Writing Challenge 8: U-boat Poem”

  1. Heather says:

    So can the first line have any number of words you want?