August Writing Challenge 6: Jungle Trail Poem

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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 Opportunity Page! Have a read of this Jungle Trail poem for inspiration:

Rainstorm Routine by Dillon Leet


Jon Stone

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.

Published August, 2012

9 thoughts on “August Writing Challenge 6: Jungle Trail Poem

  1. Hi. Just to let you know, I’ve been really enjoying these challenges!

    Is the phrase in this poem “we terrorise nature, then we terrorise each other”?
    Does the phrase have to be well-known or famous?

    1. Hi A.W. you can write you’re own phrase or select a quotation you think would suit your poem. It doesn’t have to be a specific quotation.

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