Artwork to inspire poetry: Purple colored mushroom

Purple colored mushroom

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

All right
found the purple mushroom
now to take it to the wizard
who will make the potion
that the inn keeper wanted
to get the key
to the house in the village
to find the tunnel
to the cave
where the fairy said
there was a magic sword
which is needed
to fight the dragon
to rescue the princess.

Why is this video game
so complicated?

A photograph to inspire poetry: two light purple and white flowers

two light purple and white flowers

Above is a photograph of two light purple and white flowers.  It can inspire poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • Pairs. These flowers form a pair and a poet could be inspired to write about other kinds of pairs.

  • Cooperation and competition. Depending on perspective, these two flowers could be seen as cooperating with each other or competing against each other.  They could be cooperating, in that because there is more color in the area than if there was only one flower, they are more likely to attract pollinators.  They could be competing in that they are competing for pollinators.  A poet could write about either of these ideas or a situation where both exist.

  • Not talking. The two flowers are not facing each other.  This could remind a poet of two people who are not talking to each other.  A poet could write a poem about this.

Below is a poem inspired by this photograph.  It uses the experimental poetry form four by four.

After bee told one,
what butterfly had said,
the other had said,
neither spoke a word.

A photograph to inspire poetry: purple spiny flowers

purple spiny flowers

Above is a photograph of purple spiny flowers.  It can inspire poetry.  Here are some ideas:

  • This plant is a weed, yet still looks nice. A poet could notice that, and see symbolism for a poem.

  • The flowers have what seem to be spiny petals, but they don’t look firm or sharp. This idea of something looking potential damaging, and yet possibly not being damaging, could be used in poetry.

  • A poet could write about someone receiving or giving purple flowers.

  • The look of the flowers must serve some purpose. For example, they might attract a certain kind of insect or catch pollen in the wind.  A poet could write about the structure of something having a purpose.  “Structure” could be thought of broadly and applied to many things.

Artwork to inspire poetry: The purple flower

The purple flower

On September 2, 2014, there was a photograph to inspire poetry called The purple flower in a blog post.  This artwork is of that flower.

This artwork could inspire poetry in different ways.  For example, a poet could write a poem where someone picks flowers.  The poem could be positive (e.g. a child picking flowers for their mother) or negative (e.g. a child picking flowers for their mother’s grave (which is negative in a sense)).  The poem could be consistent (i.e. the flower picking is what it seems) or inconsistent (i.e. the flower picking isn’t what it seems.  For example, a poet could start a poem with imagery of flowers being picked and end with a reality of a bulldozer going over a field).  The poem could focus on the flowers, or have the flowers be something that adds to a larger idea.

Artwork to inspire poetry: Collage


Above is a collage comprised of items from two photographs.  The two photographs are from the October 1, 2014 blog post The Purple Berries and the October 14, 2014 blog post Yellow Flower.  The collage is made of various computerized cut and copied portions of the photographs with a pale blue background.

This collage can inspire poetry in a number of ways.

One way is simply from the idea of how a collage in general is made: a number of portions of different things are combined to form one thing.  A poet could use this idea to write a poem.  For example, a poet could have lists of words inspired by different things (for example, one list of words inspired by purple berries and the other by a yellow flower), and combine the words in different ways to make a poem.

Another way this artwork can inspire a poem is by the idea of abstractness.  This collage is abstract.  While different portions can be recognized (purple from the berries, yellow from the flower, green from other areas) the portions are not arranged in a way that they make one picture.  A poet could use the idea of abstractness in a poem.  For example, a poet could combine contrasting elements into one poem.  The elements could be kept separate in some way (such as in separate lines or stanzas) such that each element is clear, but the combination of them is abstract.  An example of this could be a poem that had lines, for example, about day and night.  Each line would be clear, but the combination of them could feel abstract to the reader.

Additionally, a poet could look at the collage and be inspired by what it seems to represent.  It appears like a plant with purple berries, yellow flowers, green leaves and brown stems against a pale blue sky.  A poet could see this and write a poem about that plant.

A photograph to inspire poetry: The Purple Berries

The Purple Berries

This is a photograph of purple berries.  The photograph is intended to inspire poetry.  Many ideas related to poems could come from this photograph.  For example, a poet could focus on the color of the berries as a starting point.  Additionally, a poet could focus on whether the berries were edible or not.  A poet could also focus on the way the berries are grouped.

Here is an example poem inspired by this photograph.

The Purple Berries

The small purple berries,
that are bright and shine,
appear each year,
during the Fall.

The small purple berries,
grow on vines,
under the trees,
in the shade.

The berries look nice,
but if they can be eaten,
is unknown –
  the answer is probably no.

Something must eat the berries,
maybe birds,
maybe some type of insect,
maybe something else.