RUST: 24-Hour Chapbook Challenge VI
The sixth instalment of our sporadic poetry challenge series: we send out a one-word prompt and an image to participating poets, they reply back with a brand new poems, we collate and have it online, available to download in a free digital chapbook, all within 24 hours!
A bit about our chosen image: the rusting shopping basket was found hidden deep in the undergrowth of a garden after being cleared out of bramble, dead shrubbery and rotten fence posts. Long forgotten, surrounded by bits of barbed wire and other scrap, it felt like an appropriate symbol for our current cost-of-living crisis: how people can barely afford to fill their shopping baskets anymore. Rust also suggests decay, ageing, obsolescence, rich veins to tap into for poetry.
Our poets not our explored these themes, but went into other unexpected realms and tangents, which is one of the rewards for setting such challenges as this. Thank you to all our poets who took part and responded so well!
DOWNLOAD 'RUST' (PDF)