Think of your poems as a person going up to strangers and talking to them – what must the poem do to make people listen? Award winning poet Jack Underwood’s workshop will help you write a new poem to engage your reader.
Jack Underwood’s Workshop
1. Make a list of ten objects.
2. For each object write a true statement and then a false or imagined statement.
3. Remove all your true statements and read what you’ve got left; these imagined statements are the basis of your poem. You can either rearrange these statements to form your poem, or you can select one or two of your favourite statements and expand these to form your poem.
When you are happy with your poem, you could submit it to one of the competitions or other opportunities on our Poetry Opportunities Page.
When this challenge first opened, Jack was inviting poets to send him their poems and he would select some to receive feedback. Congratulations to Linda Phan, Ruby Mason, Helen Zhou, Upasna Saba, Emma Kemp, Jack Little, Ruth Darlow, Amy Dowler, Yemeya Lanlehin and Hannah Charlton who were selected by Jack for feedback.
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|Jack Underwood was born in Norwich in 1984. He graduated from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2005 and has recently completed a PhD in Creative Writing at Goldsmiths College, where he also teaches English Literature and Creative Writing.
He is a librettist, musician and co-edits the anthology series Stop Sharpening Your Knives. He won an Eric Gregory Award in 2007 and was named a Faber New Poet in 2009. His debut pamphlet was published by Faber in October 2009 and his poems also feature in ‘Voice Recognition: 21 poets for the 21st Century’ from Bloodaxe. He reviews for Ambit and Poetry London.