poetry 101 rehab: stack

Do you miss the Writing 201 Poetry course by the Daily Post? Then join this blogging challenge, Poetry 101 Rehab, that will provide your poetry fix!


How does it work?

For several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 June, Mara announced that she is taking a blogging hiatus this Summer to focus on her dissertation. I am serving as locum “poet in residence” at the clinic until her return – and hope that I don’t lose any of her patients! I will continue to publish a weekly prompt exactly as before.

You are invited to answer the prompt, twist it or ignore it; write a poem of your own or share a poem by another author.

I would love to hear about your inspiration, your creative process or other poetry related thoughts, but this is no way obligatory. Nothing is obligatory in this challenge, the idea is to get together, talk poetry and have fun!

How can you take part?

Anyone can participate, anytime you want. Publish your poetry post and add a link to it by clicking on the Poetry 101 Rehab badge below or share your link in a comment. Use the tag Poetry 101 Rehab, so we can find each other in the Reader.


I will act as your host, and I’ll be here for you to reply to your comments, read your poetry, like and comment. While this post is the starting point for the challenge, do visit fellow poets in the link-up and chat to them on their blogs!

This week’s prompt is STACK

two lanes deep
two lanes deep, nose to tail
two lanes deep, nose to tail, steaming and fuming
so far they travelled
so far they travelled, arm in arm
so far they travelled, arm in arm, fearing and hoping
not what they were told, before the

My interpretation, STACK, was inspired by a recent road trip to the United Kingdom through the Eurotunnel, disrupted recently by tension surrounding action taken by migrants in France seeking to gain access to the United Kingdom by any means. What will your take on the keyword STACK be? Blog about it in a poetry post and share your link in the comments section of my post and by clicking on the Poetry 1o1 Badge above.

47 thoughts on “poetry 101 rehab: stack

    1. Thank you Justine…I seem to have spent a lifetime in my car in the last couple of weeks…..but spare a thought for those migrants, whatever one might feel about their actions, would be want to be in their shoes?

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  1. Often one’s reading material colors one’s take on a poetry prompt. I have gone with “stacked” rather than “stack” to write a poem about the end of human history: http://wp.me/p5BCD4-9X by way of cascading climate change. Which is surely hastened by the exhaust fumes from your stack of trucks! 🙂

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  2. Fantastic poem! Loved the form, the spacing – the imagery, dramatic B/W of the trucks stuck in “operation stack.” And the immigrants, stacked deep on the roadsides, looking for a better life. I can see it all. Well and wonderfully done.

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  3. A great poem. Your words are as clear as hidden – that’s really fascinating.
    I am waiting to let the right words get to me for my idea now – that may take a while….

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    1. Excellent! This was so dark i mixed up your entry with my other project (dark side thursday) note to self “stop drinking too much belgian beer when writing! Thanks for contributing again!


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