Artwork to inspire poetry: leaf


Above is an artwork of a leaf.  It can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

Hello fall,
where are you?
It’s very hot.


Artwork to inspire poetry: Sketch of an apple

Sketch of an apple

Above is an artwork that is a sketch of an apple.  It was drawn in blue and scanned into a computer.  The sketch took a few minutes to draw.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is a poem inspired by it:

The apple,
it just appeared,
it wasn’t here,
five minutes ago.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Potato Person

Potato Person

Above is an artwork called Potato Person.  It was made by arranging potatoes to make a person shape, taking a photograph of the arrangement, and computer altering the photograph.  This artwork can inspire poetry.  One idea is would be to see symbolism in a person made out of potatoes and apply this idea to a poem.  The idea of a person being metaphorically made of something basic could be used in a variety of ways in a poem.

Here is an example poem inspired by the artwork:

After working in the ground,
for months on end,
the farmer finally sold,
pieces of himself.

Artwork to inspire poetry: mussels, shrimp, and crayfish

mussels, shrimp, and crayfish

The above artwork is of a cropped photograph of food.  It is of a cooked dish of mussels, shrimp, and crayfish.  It also has tomatoes and colored bell peppers.  It is seasoned with lime juice, olive oil, salt, black pepper, red pepper, cayenne pepper, cumin, celery seed, and paprika.

This artwork can inspire poetry.  Here is poem inspired by it:

all mixed together,
tasty shellfish,
it was so good

Artwork to inspire poetry: Forelle pear

Forelle pear

Above is an artwork of a Forelle pear.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Pears. A poet could go in the obvious direction and write about the fruit.

  • Pairs. A poet could go in the direction of a play on words.

  • Lack of detail. This artwork lacks detail.  A poet could apply the idea of lack of detail to situations in life and use that in poetry.

  • Something using words that rhyme with pear. A number of words rhyme with pear and a poet could write a poem using those rhyming words.  Some of the words that rhyme with pear are: bear, care, chair, dare, fair, fare, flare, glare, hair, hare, mare, pair, pare, rare, stair, stare, tare, tear, wear, and ware.

Here is a poem inspired by the artwork:

each day
the picture of her
faded more
within his mind

Artwork to inspire poetry: Lizard


Above is an artwork of a lizard.  It can inspire poetry.  One idea is that a poet could write about the idea of someone or something trying to appear tougher or stronger than they are.

The lizard in this artwork is inflating its neck which has bright colors.  This makes the lizard look larger and possibly more imposing to predators or other lizards.  The display though, has nothing to do with the actual toughness of the lizard.  The inflated neck has nothing to do with the lizard’s strength, other than possibly indicating some level of its health.  It is just for show.

A poet could apply this idea to people.  They could apply it to physical confrontations, for example where one person thinks they may have to fight another person, and so they try to appear tougher than they are to scare their opponent off.  They could also apply it to business, political or social situations.  There are many instances where one party to something may be in conflict or have dealings with another party, and it can be to the first party’s advantage to appear stronger than they are.  Sometimes the illusion of strength can be advantageous in a situation.

He is a poem inspired by this artwork:

When they called
to schedule
the job interview
he paused a moment
to check his imaginary calendar
before letting them know
when he would be available.