We are delighted to present to you the second edition of our student poetry journal, VOICES / VOIX. This year the editors were poets Jonathan Roy and Catriona Wright. With the global pandemic having hit shortly before the poem submission deadline, you’ll find certain themes that transcend events and eras to find a home in poetry: loneliness, love, the future, social justice ...
In this journal, you will read poems in French and English written by students Grade 9 to 12 inspired by a visit by our Poets In Class, a prompt, or else responding to a poem taken from our online anthology.
Immerse yourself in these different poetic worlds!
— Catherine Cormier-Larose, publication coordinator
HOW TO SUBMIT
Reading and writing poetry can magnify life's everyday details that sometimes go unnoticed. 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 created 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