SPECIAL CHALLENGE

By the 1st of each month I will be issuing a new image as a Special Challenge. I love poetry written in response to/inspired by photographs, images and works of art, so invite you to let your imaginations roam free here. Please submit one poem by midnight on the 10th of the month it corresponds to. For full submissions guidelines, see the SUBMIT page.


June 2020

Responses to this month’s image:

Marc His Name – Stephen Kingsnorth

January 2021 - The Enchanted Mill, Franz Marc, 1913
The Enchanted Mill, Franz Marc, 1913


May 2020

Responses to this month’s image:

The Leaning Tree – Annest Gwilym
Complements – Stephen Kingsnorth
Timeslip – Daphne Milne
The Good Ol’ Days / A Better Tomorrow – Paula Puolakka
Awaiting Watercolour – Jordan Trethewey
the pond – James Bell
Revelation – Lynn White
The Girl at the Pond at Ville d’Avray – Martha Landman
Her Leaning, Weeping Tree – Robert Nisbet
Corot at Ville-d’Avray – Ann Weil
Lean too – Simon Daley
Backwater – Phil Huffy
Leaning – Michael Caines
Against the Current – Edward Alport
Dryad – Kim Whysall-Hammond
Reviens – Diane Jackman
Poignant Palette – Nawal Kishor Sharma
Daily Trudge – Viv Parks
Traces – Louise Worthington
The Painter and the Peasant – Mathew Wenham
Misplaced Love – Kate Young
Staccato of Wings – Melanie Branton

May 2020 - Pond at Ville d'Avray, With Leaning Trees, Camille Corot, 1873Pond at Ville d’Avray, With Leaning Trees, Camille Corot, 1873


April 2020

Responses to this month’s image:

Whacks and Wain – Stephen Kingsnorth
The Other You – Paula Puolakka
love can be chaotic sometimes – James Bell
Celestial Bodies – Lucie Payne
Endymion – Mathew Wenham
Moonlit – Robert Nisbet
Close Your Eyes – Lynn White
When I Came to You – Edward Alport
The Moon Advises Sleep – Michael Caines
Circadian Rhythm – Raquel Morris
Missing the Dead – Susan Richardson
Moonlight Tryst – Nawal Kishor Sharma
The Night of March 31 – Alun Robert
Υπνωτικός (or Lunar Halo) – Felix Purat
Luna Lullaby – Kate Young
After Love – Daphne Milne
Reign of night – Andy Eycott

December 2022 - The Moon and Sleep, Simeon Solomon, 1894
The Moon and Sleep, Simeon Solomon, 1894


March 2020

Responses to this month’s image:

Esteem – Stephen Kingsnorth
speech bubbles – James Bell
Mother and Daughter – Paula Puolakka
A game of chicken – Michael Caines
Rosamunde – Lynn White
Step Back, Bold Chicken – Jordan Trethewey
Neighbourhood Greeting – Michael Burton
When Town Collides With Country – Nawal Kishor Sharma
Holding Onto the Bird – Irene Cunningham
City and Country – Kathryn Sadakierski
Nothing Depends – Felix Purat
A Rare Breed – Plymouth Rock Rooster – Lizzie Ballagher
Concluding the deal – Judith Steele
Overlap – Melanie Branton
Sustainable Femininity – Raquel Morris
You were not at church – Simon Daley
Reprisal – Andrew Howdle
The Black Cat’s Good Time Tale – Alun Robert
Portrait of a Farmer’s Wife – Martha Landman

March 2020 - The Appraisal, Grant Wood, 1931
The Appraisal, Grant Wood, 1931


February 2020

Responses to this month’s image:

Lost – Stephen Kingsnorth
Late Onset Ennui – Jordan Trethewey
Silent Struggle – Paula Puolakka
Tedium of Time – Nawal Kishor Sharma
fragmented lives – James Bell
Back Then – Lynn White
A cell – Michael Caines
Bell Jar – Simon Daley
Under Cuban Skies – Edward Alport
Party Until Dawn – Alun Robert
Bad News – Randal A Burd, Jr.
Phototropism – Kathryn Sadakierski
Gloss – Melanie Branton
A Glass Half-Empty – Felix Purat
What Those in the Photos on the Walls See – Martha Landman
When Apathy Comes Calling – Kate Young
Housewife – Raquel Morris
Opening the bell jar – Jan Harris

February 2020 - Ennui, Walter Sickert, c. 1913
Ennui, Walter Sickert, c. 1913


January 2020

Responses to this month’s image:

Calling Time – Stephen Kingsnorth
Paranoid/Schizophrenic/Telepathic – Paula Puolakka
To the Time of the Season – Lynn White
Two curmudgeons – Michael Caines
All Is One – Judith Steele
looking back – James Bell
Two Faced – Eric Nicholson
The Gate of the Year – Edward Alport
In the year 2020 – Martha Landman
What Will Stay? – Randal A Burd, Jr.
Forbidden Love – Kate Young
Portents – Andrew Howdle
Last Day July in Summer Garden – Alun Robert
Generational Divide Rumination – Felix Purat
Reflections – Raquel Morris
Coin Toss – Kathryn Sadakierski
Peripheral vision – Mathew Lyons

January 2020 - Statue of Janus, St Petersburg, Russia
Statue of Janus, St Petersburg, Russia


December 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/30/one-poem-by-annest-gwilym/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/04/one-poem-by-lynn-white-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/06/one-poem-by-michael-caines-7/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/08/one-poem-by-edward-alport-13/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/10/one-poem-by-james-bell-19/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/12/one-poem-by-stephen-kingsnorth-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/14/one-poem-by-alun-robert-14/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/16/one-poem-by-randal-a-burd-jr-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/18/one-poem-by-jim-bennett-8/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/20/one-poem-by-thomas-e-simmons/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/22/one-poem-by-kate-young-14/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/24/one-poem-by-daphne-milne-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/29/one-poem-by-gaby-bedetti/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/12/31/one-poem-by-felix-purat-9/

December 2019


November 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/03/one-poem-by-stephen-kingsnorth-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/05/one-poem-by-james-bell-18/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/07/one-poem-by-lynn-white-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/09/one-poem-by-kate-young-13/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/11/one-poem-by-michael-caines-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/13/one-poem-by-randal-a-burd-jr-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/15/one-poem-by-daphne-milne-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/17/one-poem-by-lily-beaumont/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/19/one-poem-by-rennie-halstead-9/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/21/one-poem-by-felix-purat-8/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/23/one-poem-by-bob-carlton/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/25/one-poem-by-eva-silver-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/27/one-poem-by-alun-robert-13/

November 2019


October 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/02/one-poem-by-steven-kingsnorth/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/04/one-poem-by-simon-daley-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/04/one-poem-by-lynn-white-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/06/one-poem-by-james-bell-17/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/08/one-poem-by-pat-tyrer/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/08/one-poem-by-diana-cant-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/10/one-poem-by-daphne-milne-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/12/one-poem-by-marguerite-maria-rivas-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/12/one-poem-by-rennie-halstead-8/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/14/one-poem-by-michael-caines-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/16/one-poem-by-martha-landman-8/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/18/one-poem-by-kate-young-12/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/20/one-poem-by-sheree-mack-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/22/one-poem-by-lizzie-ballagher-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/23/one-poem-by-jan-harris-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/24/one-poem-by-eva-silver-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/26/one-poem-by-joan-leotta/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/28/one-poem-by-alun-robert-12/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/30/one-poem-by-felix-purat-7/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/10/30/one-poem-by-randal-a-burd-jr-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/11/01/one-poem-by-edward-alport-12/

October 2019 - Autumn Thoughts, Arnold Böcklin, 1886
Autumn Thoughts, Arnold Böcklin, 1886


September 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/04/one-poem-by-michael-caines-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/06/one-poem-by-james-bell-16/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/08/one-poem-by-stephen-kingsnorth-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/08/one-poem-by-alun-robert-11/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/10/one-poem-by-simon-daley-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/10/one-poem-by-darrell-coggins/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/12/one-poem-by-lynn-white-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/12/one-poem-by-randal-a-burd-jr-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/14/one-poem-by-sheree-mack-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/14/one-poem-by-kate-young-11/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/16/one-poem-by-jim-bennett-7/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/18/one-poem-by-judith-steele-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/20/one-poem-by-anna-schoenbach-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/09/22/one-poem-by-felix-purat-6/

September 2019 - Siblings, Paul Klee, 1930
Siblings, Paul Klee, 1930


August 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/02/one-poem-by-paula-puolakka-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/04/one-poem-by-james-bell-15/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/08/one-poem-by-lynn-white-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/10/one-poem-by-eva-silver/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/12/one-poem-by-michael-caines-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/14/one-poem-by-alun-robert-10/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/16/one-poem-by-kate-young-10/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/19/one-poem-by-stephen-kingsnorth/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/21/one-poem-by-lesley-burt/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/23/one-poem-by-martha-landman-7/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/25/one-poem-by-simon-williams/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/27/one-poem-by-felix-purat-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/29/one-poem-by-daphne-milne/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/08/31/one-poem-by-edward-alport-11/

August 2019, Necklace of Errant Molecules, Gilly ThomasNecklace of Errant Molecules, © Copyright Gilly Thomas. Reproduced here with the artist’s permission. For more of Gilly’s art, see: www.gillythomas.co.uk


July 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/05/one-poem-by-james-bell-14/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/07/one-poem-by-alexandra-marraccini/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/09/one-poem-by-paula-puolakka/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/13/one-poem-by-ava-drake-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/15/one-poem-by-rennie-halstead-7/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/17/one-poem-by-kate-young-9/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/19/one-poem-by-lynn-white/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/19/one-poem-by-simon-daley/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/21/one-poem-by-edward-alport-10/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/21/one-poem-by-viv-parks-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/23/one-poem-by-dan-greenwell/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/25/one-poem-by-michael-caines-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/27/one-poem-by-felix-purat-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/31/one-poem-by-simon-leonard-3/

July 2019 - Le lit rouge, Francis Gruber, 1944
Le Lit Rouge, Francis Gruber, 1944


June 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/07/one-poem-by-gareth-writer-davies/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/09/one-poem-by-james-bell-13/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/11/one-poem-by-angela-porter-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/13/one-poem-by-rennie-halstead-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/15/one-poem-by-kari-a-flickinger/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/17/one-poem-by-sheree-mack-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/20/one-poem-by-kate-young-8/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/22/one-poem-by-andrew-c-brown/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/22/one-poem-by-michael-caines/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/24/one-poem-by-ava-drake-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/24/one-poem-by-viv-parks-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/26/one-poem-by-randal-a-burd-jr-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/28/one-poem-by-felix-purat-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/06/29/one-poem-by-martha-landman-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/07/01/one-poem-by-edward-alport-9/

June 2019 - The Tuft of Grass, Albrecht Durer, c. 1514The Tuft of Grass, Albrecht Dürer, c. 1514


May 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/05/one-poem-by-james-bell-12/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/07/one-poem-by-kate-young-7/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/08/one-poem-by-randal-a-burd-jr/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/10/one-poem-by-rennie-halstead-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/12/one-poem-by-irene-cunningham-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/14/one-poem-by-edward-alport-8/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/14/one-poem-by-felix-purat-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/16/one-poem-by-marguerite-maria-rivas/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/18/one-poem-by-judith-steele-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/20/one-poem-by-ava-drake-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/05/24/one-poem-by-julie-anne-gilligan-3/

May 2019


April 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/05/one-poem-by-james-bell-11/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/07/one-poem-by-jim-bennett-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/09/one-poem-by-derek-brown-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/11/one-poem-by-jan-harris-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/12/one-poem-by-rennie-halstead-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/14/one-poem-by-kate-young-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/15/one-poem-by-martha-landman-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/17/one-poem-by-stewart-derry/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/18/one-poem-by-lizzie-ballagher-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/20/one-poem-by-ava-drake/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/20/one-poem-by-alan-woods/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/04/28/one-poem-by-edward-alport-7/

April 2019
Viewing Cherry Blossoms at Ueno, Katsukawa Shunzan


March 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/04/one-poem-by-james-bell-10/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/06/one-poem-by-alun-robert-9/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/09/one-poem-by-irena-pasvinter/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/11/one-poem-by-julie-anne-gilligan-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/13/one-poem-by-kate-young-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/15/one-poem-by-viv-parks-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/20/one-poem-by-martha-landman-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/22/one-poem-by-angela-porter-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/22/one-poem-by-simon-leonard-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/24/one-poem-by-stuart-mcclure/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/24/one-poem-by-felix-purat/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/25/one-poem-by-anna-schoenbach-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/28/one-poem-by-irene-cunningham/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/03/28/one-poem-by-r-j-s-cantwell/

March 2019 - Cave of Altamira
Cave of Altamira, Spain


February 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/05/one-poem-by-james-bell-9/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/07/one-poem-by-derek-brown/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/09/one-poem-by-alun-robert-8/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/11/one-poem-by-diana-cant/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/13/one-poem-by-judith-steele/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/16/one-poem-by-julie-anne-gilligan/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/19/one-poem-by-kate-young-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/19/one-poem-by-patricia-j-hamilton/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/21/one-poem-by-jane-lovell/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/21/one-poem-by-robinson-terry/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/23/one-poem-by-rennie-halstead-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/23/one-poem-by-edward-alport-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/26/one-poem-by-viv-parks-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/26/one-poem-by-martha-landman-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/02/28/one-poem-by-jan-harris-2/

february2019-johnwilliamwaterhouse2cgatheryerosebudswhileyemay2c1908
Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May, John William Waterhouse, 1908


January 2019

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/01/08/one-poem-by-james-bell-8/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/01/15/one-poem-by-kate-young-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/01/18/one-poem-by-phil-huffy/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/01/22/one-poem-by-rennie-halstead-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/01/24/one-poem-by-viv-parks-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/01/26/one-poem-by-alun-robert-7/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2019/01/30/one-poem-by-diane-jackman/

January 2019


December 2018

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/12/05/one-poem-by-viv-parkes/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/12/08/one-poem-by-james-bell-7/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/12/10/one-poem-by-alun-robert-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/12/12/one-poem-by-william-ruleman/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/12/14/one-poem-by-dennis-dubois-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/12/20/one-poem-by-kate-young-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/12/30/one-poem-by-edward-alport-5/

December 2018 Warwick Goble, from The Fairy Book, 1913Illustration by Warwick Goble, from The Fairy Book, 1913


November 2018

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/11/04/one-poem-by-james-bell-6/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/11/10/one-poem-by-alun-robert-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/11/12/one-poem-by-jim-bennett-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/11/15/one-poem-by-kate-young/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/11/18/one-poem-by-dennis-dubois-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/11/21/one-poem-by-viv-park/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/11/29/one-poem-by-edward-alport-4/

November 2018 1657
Map of Paris, 1657


October 2018

Responses to this month’s image:

https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/10/04/one-poem-by-jim-bennett-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/10/07/one-poem-by-james-bell-5/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/10/10/one-poem-by-dennis-dubois-3/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/10/13/one-poem-by-annie-mccrea/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/10/16/one-poem-by-dorrie-johnson-2/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/10/25/one-poem-by-joe-cullen/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/10/27/one-poem-by-bob-marcacci/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/10/29/one-poem-by-viv-parks/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/11/01/one-poem-by-alun-robert-4/
https://ninemusespoetry.com/2018/11/01/one-poem-by-eve-hall/

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