Joelle Taylor reads her Poem ‘No Man’s Land’.
Joelle sets her writing challenge
Challenge: Using the same techniques Joelle uses in ‘No Man’s Land’, write a poem from the point of view of one of the following.
- a refugee
- a person about to go on stage in front of a thousand people
- the Earth
Draw on the character’s experiences to describe their bodies. Keep it as simple as possible for the first draft, but in your second draft you may wish to veer away from the original challenge as you develop your poem. It’s interesting to explore method writing and write from another perspective, and this may lead to a poem which very different from where you started.
Here are some examples written by YPN members:
If you’ve tried this challenge and written a poem you’d like to submit somewhere, why not have a look at our Poetry Opportunities section and see if there’s anywhere that you like the look of.
Joelle Taylor is a spoken word artist, published poet and playwright, as well as the founder and Artistic Director of SLAMbassadors UK. She has performed nationally and internationally for the British Council, touring both Zimbabwe and Botswana, and has performed at a diverse range of high profile venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Buckingham Palace, the 02 arena, Glastonbury Festival, and Trafalgar Square amongst many others. She is anthologised widely and has also appeared on numerous television and radio programmes. Her new poetry collection Ska Tissue is out now and she will be touring the UK over the summer.