Poems are like a breath of fresh air when I am feeling tired.
Poems take me to the moon and then let me stand on my head.
Poems are my secret kitchen.
I like poems that cover my eyes for a moment and then say ‘surprise!’
Poets often like to write poems about writing poems or what they think makes a good poem or what poetry is like or what it feels like when they write a poem.
My new book (The Baker’s Thumbprint) has a poem on this very subject!
I have been rolling a poem about in my head as I walk on the beach that looks at what a poem is again. Differently! I am jotting lines in my little notebook and soon I will begin writing.
What happens if you play around with ideas about what a poem is? Put them into a list poem. One poet I know said writing a poem is like riding a bicycle down hill (wow!). Another poet said a poem is like a dehydrated vegetable opening.
Remember you can play around with how you set your list out on each line.
Send your poems to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post some of my favourites.
Include your name, age, year and name of school. You can include your teacher’s name and email if you like.