In September 2020, Poetry In Voice will publish the second issue of VOICES/VOIX, our student poetry journal. The submission period is now close. Read you next year!
Reading and writing poetry can be a telescope or a magnifying glass to life’s everyday details that you might not normally notice. The possibilities are endless with poetry, but to be accepted to our journal, your submitted poem must be written using ONE of the following methods:
1. Choose one of our anthology poems and write a response poem.
What’s a response poem? It’s exactly what you think it is: You browse our anthology (hint: try Poem Roulette!), choose one poem that resonates with you, and then write a poem that’s somehow inspired by that poem. Your work can agree with or contradict the original poem. You can write a poem from an alternative point of view, or you could simply wonder, wander, or be inspired by a line or even just a word from the poem and build your poem around that.
You could also approach the creation of this poem more mechanically: Take one memorable line of the original poem and use that as the opening line of your poem (a springboard poem) or use that as the last line of your poem (a landing-strip poem). Or you could compose an original poem by only using lines borrowed from other poems (a cento) -- this form requires a lot of time and experimentation to yield a successful, interesting poem, but it can be done!
For example, “Wolf Lake” by Elizabeth Bachinsky, was written in response to Matt Rader’s “Wolf Lake.” “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” written by Christopher Marlowe, has inspired a long list of response poems, including “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” by Sir Walter Raleigh.
2. Write a poem based on one of our writing prompts.
Many of our contemporary poets have written writing prompts for you. Select one of them and write a poem within the boundaries of that prompt. Play around inside those boundaries or push hard against them and see what you come up with. You might just surprise yourself.
3. Write a poem based on a poet's visit to your school.
If you have a poet visit your school through our Poet In Class/Poètes à l'école program, you can write a poem in response to their visit. Maybe they told you a fascinating story. Maybe they inspired you with a writing prompt. Or maybe just their presence was enough to get you writing.
We hope to read your poetry soon!
—Poetry In Voice