photo by Jan Jordan
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 13. Vampire Aubade
This poem can use any structure you like but is set in the morning after an encounter with an otherworldly, dangerous (and often beautiful) creature.
Jon’s example of a Vampire Aubade Poem:
The little fish-slice of light seems scared to cross the bed
and my skin is still fridge-cool where her hands pressed.
Memory itself is a snowstorm, through which I see a snowstorm,
in which this wax-white figure sashays over snow-drifts,
not leaving deep and ragged bootprints but dotted dints,
hair more like flames on black and white film than hair,
not snow-blind in the snow-frenzy but blatantly open-eyed.
People say you saw a swan or snowed-under scarecrow,
that the snow sent you mad, that you became snow-sick,
but I swear I knew the iceberg blue of her wrist’s veins
and the kingfisher blue of the blood at her nicked lip
and the silver of her tongue, the great nova white
of her heart visible through a semi-translucent flesh.
This morning the snow on our drive is tyre-tracked, muddied,
and similarly a tile or pattern is printed across me in cold.
Now the blood retreats a touch deeper into me,
and everything she said is still a white flurry in my head.
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. 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.