photo by Leo Reynolds
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 11. Scoop! Poem
Construct a poem entirely out of your own invented newspaper headlines and straplines. Optional: write it as a ‘day in the life’ or biography of a real or imaginary person.
Jon’s example of a scoop! poem:
Young prince saw father butchered from nearby tree
Nezahualcoyotl, ‘Fasting Coyote’, wept but did not cry out
Ixtlilxochitl son is ‘bookish, shy and unambitious’
Former aide to slain tlatoani dismisses talk of revenge
‘Fasting Coyote’ goes to ground … again!
‘Emo’ son of Ixtlilxochitl fears plot against his life
100,000-strong coalition army marches on Azcapotzalco
Rebel Tepanecs join Fasting Coyote and Obsidian Serpent
Fasting Coyote is new Tlatoani of Texcoco
Twice exiled ‘poet prince’ crowned after victorious campaign
New king is art lover
He plans council of tlamatini, grants for artists and musicians
Coyote advisor: king a ‘cleanliness fanatic.’
“He worships Temazcalteci more than Quetzacoatl!”
Nezahualcoyotl plans ‘temple to no one’
King Coyote’s folly will be ‘strictly no sacrifices’ affair
In chololiztli: his final flight
Fasting Coyote dies surrounded by 100 concubines
Submitting your poem
Jon has now chosen his favourite responses to the Scoop! 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 Scoop! poems for inspiration:
Modern Classics by Josh Keeling
Weather Forecasts by Lisa Santika Onggrid
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. Jon 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.