Poetry topic idea: teeth

Today’s poetry topic idea is teeth.  There are a number of ways to write about teeth in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • A child losing their baby teeth. A poet could write about growing up and life transitions.
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  • A person losing their teeth as they grow older. A poet could write about a person missing teeth, a person getting dentures, or a person getting dental implants.  They could write about aging, the idea of losing something and the idea of adding something to a person.
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  • Dental work. A poet could write about fillings, root canals, and extractions.  They could write about what it is like to go to the dentist and the emotions involved.  They could write a poem from the perspective of the patient or the dentist.
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  • Animal teeth. A poet could write about shark teeth, dog teeth, wolf teeth, lion teeth, and so forth.  They could write about predators and prey and the idea of hunting.  They could write about animals interacting with other animals and animals interacting with humans.
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  • Smiling. A poet could write about smiling and happiness and various ideas that go along with it.

Here is a teeth related poem:

If you were to say that,
“getting a root canal,
is like,
getting a root canal”,
would that be
descriptive
or redundant?

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