Artwork to inspire poetry: snowman


The above artwork is of a snowman.  The snowman is only a few inches high and is on concrete.  The reason for this, is that the snowman was made in a place where it rarely ever snows and only received an inch or so of snow at the time the snowman was formed.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Some ideas include:

  • A poet could write about the conditions under which this snowman was made – in a place that rarely receives snow and only received a little. A poet could write about how people might react to the unusual phenomenon.  A poet might contrast this, with how people in places that receive a lot of snow feel about snow.

  • This snowman is very small. It was made that way because of the limited amount of snow.  A poet could apply this idea to the idea of making due.  A poet could write about people in circumstances where they have to accomplish something with limited resources.

  • This snowman is on concrete. A poet could write about the juxtaposition of those two things.

  • A poet could contrast the situations of making a small snowman with that of making a large one.

  • This snowman is temporary. A poet could apply this idea to many situations in life.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Couscous with garbanzo beans, peppers, mushrooms and bok choy

Couscous with garbanzo beans, peppers, mushrooms and bok choy

Above is an artwork of a meal.  A meal can be art.  The meal is couscous with garbanzo beans, peppers, mushrooms and bok choy.  Additional ingredients include vegetable oil, salt, red pepper flakes, dried dill and water.

The meal was prepared by sautéing the peppers, mushrooms and bok choy in the vegetable oil along with the salt, red pepper flakes and dried dill.  Partway through the cooking, the garbanzo beans were added.  When all that was near done, the couscous was stirred in and then water was added.  The pan everything was in was covered and the couscous was allowed to steam in the water.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas:

  • The meal is vegan. A poet could write about veganism.

  • A poet could write about a dinner where this meal is served.

  • A poet could write about the person eating this meal. They could explore why the person is eating it (e.g. health reasons) and describe the cooking.

  • The meal is relatively inexpensive to make. A poet could write about cooking with a budget.

  • There are lots of colors in the meal. A poet could be inspired by those colors and combinations and use them in symbolism in poetry.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Persimmon


Above is an artwork of a persimmon.  As today is Halloween, it seemed appropriate to have an orange colored produce item as the subject of the artwork.  Rather than going with the traditional pumpkin, a persimmon was chosen instead.

Some poetry ideas that can come from this artwork are:

  • Poems about persimmons. While a fruit might not seem to be a significant topic for a poem, it can be worked into many poems as an object that ties ideas together.  Think of a poem about someone who has died.  A poet could write about a gathering after the funeral where persimmons are in a bowl.  The fruit could be used as a vehicle to examine different subjects.

  • Poems about difference from expectations. This persimmon is not a pumpkin.  It is different from what might be expected.  A poet could use the difference from expectations in poetry.

  • Poems about something new. Maybe some readers may have never tried a persimmon.  This idea of something new could be used in poetry.  A poet could write about a new experience.

Here is a poem inspired by this artwork:

trying to carve a persimmon,
would probably be really hard,
stick to pumpkins

Artwork to inspire poetry: Orange Bell Pepper Piece

Orange Bell Pepper Piece

Above is an artwork of a piece of an orange bell pepper.  It shows the part of the fruit a person would eat, the pith and two seeds near the top.  This artwork can inspire poetry.  As some ideas, a poet could write about

  • Cooking.

  • The idea of identification. (Is a bell pepper a fruit, a vegetable, a berry, a pepper or a chili?)

  • The idea of acceptability (part of the fruit is eaten, but part is thrown away).

  • The idea of focus. Most of the artwork is taken up by the pith.  This may seem to be an unusual focus.  A poet could apply the idea of what is focused on to life situations.

Here is an example poem:

at the wedding,
someone asked,
about the centerpieces

Artwork to inspire poetry: banana slices

banana slices

This is an artwork of three banana slices stacked together.  It was done with a gray colored pencil, then scanned, and then computer altered.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • The idea of achievement. These banana slices are not stacked straight up.  One rests against another, and another rests against both.  It is almost as if the banana slices were meant to be stacked straight up, but for some reason this was not done.  A poet could see this and use it as inspiration regarding the idea of not quite achieving something.

  • The idea of nonconformity. Again, these banana slices could have been stacked straight up, but were not.  A poet could see this as a metaphor.

  • The idea of haphazardness. These banana slices are stacked in a jumbled, haphazard manner, and a poet could see this and apply the idea to a situation in life.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Seeded half of a Roma tomato

Seeded half of a Roma tomato

This artwork is of a seeded half of a Roma tomato.  It was done in colored pencil and then scanned.  There was a little bit of computer alteration to correct a spot.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas:

  • A poet might think of food and thinking of using the tomato in recipes or stuffing it. A poet could write about that.

  • A poet might write about infertility.

  • A poet might see this tomato as being prepared and might write about preparation.

  • A poet might think the seeded tomato reminds them of a boat and write about boats.

Artwork to inspire poetry: yet another apple artwork

yet another apple artwork

The artwork above is yet another apple artwork.  There have been some number of apple artworks on the blog before, and well, this is yet another one.  Apples are nice fruit, and are good practice for drawing.  Additionally, they can inspire poetry ideas.

This particular apple artwork was made using colored pencils.  The colored pencils were blended using cotton swabs and then rubbing alcohol.  The rubbing alcohol is what gives the somewhat foggy, blurry affect.  This particular artwork went through some number of iterations.  Although it isn’t certain, it is likely that this artwork was not computer altered.  It is likely that it was just scanned.

A poetry inspiration that could come from this artwork is the idea of transition and blending of colors.  In the artwork, the colors transition and blend.  There is a pink type color on the bottom.  This transitions to a reddish color toward the top.  This then is transitioned and blended with an orange color.  In other places, the colors transition to a green color.

One obvious use of this idea would be to write poems about fall.  Fall is approaching, in the northern hemisphere, and fall can often involve a transition of colors.  Leaves change colors, as is obvious, but other things change colors too.

The colors people wear can change in the fall.  The way people decorate their homes can change.  The types of produce, and therefore the colors of what is seen, can change at grocery stores.  Types of animals in areas, and therefore the colors of the animals seen, can change in areas.  In these situations, colors transition and in some cases blend together.  There are other ideas as well.

In writing a poem about the transition and blending of colors, a poet could be literal, metaphorical or blend the two.  A poet could use the idea to talk about other things.