Poetry can be about anything, from outdoor fountains to Candy Crush to depression to lunch. Sometimes life is so hectic I can’t come up with a single idea for a thing to write about, even if I am surrounded by potential subjects. So I think it’s useful to keep a mental list of things that inspire me. Things like good photography, abstract art, news stories that make me mad, walks outside, or poems by my favorite authors. When I am short on ideas, I look for them in these places. And when I’m looking to write a poem, I let anything that pops into my head onto the page, no matter how unimportant it might seem. Because poems have a way of growing out of the most unassuming piles of dirt.
Poem idea: Think of a favorite song or movie, and write a poem starting with a quote from it. Like, “We’re driving Cadillacs in our dreams,” from Lorde. Only borrow one line–the rest is up to you.