Poetry topic idea: new

Today’s poetry topic idea is new.  A poet could write about the idea of new in different ways.

One way a poet could write about something new is to write about something that did not exist before.  This could be something like a new invention.

The idea of new could also refer to something that was not known before but existed.  This could be something like the discovery of a new species.

New could also refer to the idea of next.  This could be something like a new job.

New could also refer to the idea of different.  This could be something like driving a new way to a place.

The idea of new could stand alone (like with a new species) or it could relate to something previous (like a new job).

Here is an example poem using the idea of new:

the light of dawn
shines through the window
the day begins

Poetry topic idea: lists

Today’s poetry topic idea is lists.  A person can make lists of a number of different things.  Sometimes lists are mundane and sometimes lists are significant.  There can be meaning in a list and this can be something that can be expressed in poetry.

A poet could write a list as a poem.  They could think of a meaning to incorporate in the list.  For example, they could have a grocery shopping list for someone who was recently widowed.  They could write what the person might buy and show how the person altered their selections because of their situation.  They could have meaning in the different items on and not on the list and meaning in the title of the poem or in something within or after it.

Below is an example poem as a list.  Read it and see if you can understand the idea within it.

breakfast on the porch
go around the driveway
sit outside
work on puzzle
make a call
watch a show
have lunch
sit outside
read a book
watch a show
fold clothes
wash dishes
have a snack
go around the driveway
read a book
have dinner
watch a movie

Poetry topic idea: popcorn

Today’s poetry topic idea is popcorn.  Below are some things a poet can write about related to popcorn.  A poet could write about:

  • Popping corn. They could write about popping corn in the microwave, in a skillet, or in a machine.  They could write about the process, the noise, the smell, and other things.
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  • The corn used in popcorn. They could write about how it differs from other types of corn.
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  • Watching movies and other programs while eating popcorn. They could describe the experience and write about how popcorn relates to the experience.

Here is an example poem using popcorn:

art
made with different colored kernels
so many little pieces
together

Poetry topic idea: hats

Today’s poetry topic idea is hats.  Hats can be for utilitarian, aesthetic, or combined purposes.  Hats can also convey information like affiliation with a group or a profession.

A poet could write about hats in poetry.  They could examine the different aspects of hats, different types of hats, and different ideas regarding hats.

Here is an example poem using hats:

birthday hats
no one at the party
it might seem sad

but a honk of a horn
and going outside
a line of cars
and tears of joy

Poetry topic idea: soup

Today’s poetry topic idea is soup.  There are a lot of ways a poet could reference soup in a poem.  A poet could write about:

  • Different types of soup.
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  • The making of soup.
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  • Ingredients in soup.
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  • The idea of soup (different ingredients together to make one thing).
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  • Stretching the amount of food by making it as soup.
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  • Things eaten with soup.
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  • Soup vs. stew.
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  • Soup as a metaphor.

 

Here is an example poem using soup:

Is it soup?

Chicken
greens
spices
water
served over rice.

Is the answer in how it’s served?
Is it in how it’s perceived?
Is there a technical definition to go by?

Does the answer matter,
or is there more to this
than a name?

Poetry topic idea: lifeboat

Today’s poetry topic idea is lifeboat.  There are a number of ways a poet could write about a lifeboat and a number of ideas pertaining to it.

First, a poet could write directly about a lifeboat.  They could write about being in small boat after a larger one has sunk.  They could look at ideas such as survival, rescue, isolation, hope, despair, and others.

Second, a poet could write about a lifeboat as a metaphor for something that helps them survive in tough times.  This could be something like staying with a relative when they lose their job, or, like now, a person staying in their house because of a virus.

Third, a poet could write about a lifeboat as a metaphor for their present condition.  The person could be in a condition where they are just above some lowest level, and the lifeboat could describe that.  They could view their condition positively or negatively depending on perspective.  An example for this might be a low paying part-time job a person finds after losing their higher paying full-time job.

Fourth, a poet could write about a lifeboat as a metaphor for any temporary place of isolation.  The place could be viewed as a positive retreat or as an escape from something negative.  A positive place might be a person’s room in their house that they go to simply to relax.  An escape form something negative might be a place a person goes to get away from someone who upsets them.

Here is an example poem using the idea of a lifeboat:

out to sea
$200 a week
and a brother’s couch
where is land?

Poetry topic idea: isolation

Today’s poetry topic idea is isolation.  In the current situation, isolation is something many people are experiencing.  Because of this, it might be helpful to write poetry about it.  A poet could write about:

  • What it’s like to be isolated. What it’s like not to see other people.
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  • Not being able to go out. This could be related to human interactions or not being able to go places or get things.
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  • Boredom.
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  • What it like to avoid people, for example when someone delivers something.
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  • Worrying about running out of things because they can’t be purchased or ordered.
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  • What will happen when isolation is over. A poet could write about the first things they want to do.
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  • The purpose of isolation.

 

Here is an example poem using the idea of isolation:

it’s almost like
a movie with magic
where the heroes find
that they can defeat the monster
only by being apart

Poetry topic idea: goldfish

Today’s poetry topic idea is goldfish.  A poet could write about a number of things related to goldfish.  A poet could write about:

  • The contrast between goldfish and tropical fish. A poet could contrast the conditions under which they are kept, their size, their colors, and the perception people have of them.
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  • The idea that goldfish are ornamental fish. Goldfish are not kept for food and they aren’t kept for another purpose other than looking nice for people.  This idea of being “ornamental” could be examined.
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  • Different types of goldfish. Some types are comet, fantail, and the common goldfish.  A poet could learn about each type and their differences and use the ideas in poems.
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  • The idea of being common. Some people may view goldfish as common, as compared to more exotic tropical fish.  A poet could examine the idea of commonness and what it means.
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  • The existence of a goldfish in a tank. A poet could examine the existence of a goldfish in a tank – a defined space.  They could view it as confining, or they could examine it from the perspective of the size of the space relative to the fish.  They could look at the goldfish’s surroundings, what it eats, and what it experiences.
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  • The perception of humans as seen by goldfish. A poet could examine how a goldfish might perceive a person.

Here is an example poem using the idea of goldfish:

sitting in his house
looking out the window
the delivery man
brings the food