02 August 2013

olj poetry form challenge: introduction

Last summer, Our Lost Jungle challenged poets to get to “know where they came from” by exploring traditional forms and some of the “basics” of poetry. But you know what? This time around it’s not about getting back to basics. This time the challenge is all about the next frontier.

The Our Lost Jungle Poetry Form Challenge
the challenge

Unlike last summer, this year’s Poetry Form Challenge is all about experimentation and play. Each Monday in August and September, we will focus on a new playful poetic form. We’ll start with an exercise designed to get your mind working in different ways: instead of focusing on what you know and making sense, we’ll focus on taking risks and being guided into poetry by things beyond what’s already familiar. As we play throughout the next two months, we’ll learn how to twist familiar texts into our own creations, and end with a challenge to really make something of our very own.

You will have from Monday, when prompts are posted, through Thursday evening (by 10pm ET) to share your responses. You can post directly to the comments on the Our Lost Jungle page, share a link to your response on your own site, or share via email (at ourlostjungle@kharahouse.com)!

the goal

Unlike last year’s goal (“Know where you came from”) this year’s goal is: “Boldly go.” (Yes … I’m a Star Trek fan, guilty as charged.) We will be playing with both the familiar and the unfamiliar, in an attempt to really free our poetic voices.

the prize

Each Friday will feature some of the top submissions from each challenge as a post on Our Lost Jungle. At the end of the challenge, everyone who submits a “final portfolio” of the work they completed during the challenge will receive a special e-certificate and badge for their blog or website. More on the portfolio and challenge prize will come toward the end of the challenge!

the questions

This year’s challenge is all about having fun and playing with poetic form. Just because the forms are more experimental doesn’t mean they’re necessarily “easier” than more traditional forms. If you ever have any questions—whether about the particular form or anything else—feel free to shoot me an email at ourlostjungle@kharahouse.com.

the starting line

What’s more exciting than the prospect of playing with poetry? Getting started! Watch for the first challenge post soon, and as always ...

Happy Writing


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Check out some of the "fundamental" prompts from last year's challenge:


  1. I'm in... probably over my head but I can at least dog paddle my way around! : )And De this ought to be right up your alley. I can't wait to see what you do with this.

  2. Sounds like fun. I'm in.

    1. LOL. What the heck is Photopoet doing there? I have no clue how that got there.

  3. Replies
    1. Nope, it just posted this morning! You can check it out here! Good luck!

  4. Thanks for joining in, all! Best of luck with the challenge!


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