Poetry topic idea: gossip

Today’s poetry topic idea is gossip.  There are different ways a poet could use gossip in poetry.  A poet could write about:

  • People gossiping about the poet. They could write about what they could say, how they would say it, and what the poet would feel.

  • People gossiping about some third person. A poet could write about people gossiping about someone other than the poet.  Again, they could write what they could say, how they would say it, and what the person they are talking about would feel.

  • The effects of gossip.

  • Celebrity gossip. A poet could write about this from different perspectives.  They could write about celebrities, the gossipers, and the people consuming the gossip.

  • The truth or falseness of gossip.

  • Themselves gossiping. A poet could write a poem where they gossip.  Rather than doing harmful gossip though, the poet could focus on the effects of their gossip.  They could view it remorsefully.

  • Nonhuman objects or beings gossiping. A poet could write a poem where animals gossip.  They could write a poem where objects gossips (e.g. the romance book on a shelf gossiping about a science fiction book on another shelf).

Here is an example poem using the idea of gossip:

Did you hear about Ham?


He dumped Cheddar for Swiss.

 No way!

That’s not all,
last week,
he was seen with Colby.

 wasn’t Colby,
 with Turkey?

Poetry topic idea: Turkey meatballs

Thanksgiving in the United States is coming soon.  In light of this, today, M. Sakran is making turkey meatballs to eat.  This gave the idea to have turkey meatballs be today’s poetry topic idea.

Although turkey meatballs might seem like a slightly off beat poetry topic idea (and in some ways they are) they still can help a poet come up with poetry ideas with depth.  Some examples include:

  • The idea of traditional vs. nontraditional. Turkey meatballs are traditional in the sense that they reflect the American tradition of having turkey on Thanksgiving.  They are nontraditional in the sense that they are not made of beef or pork.
    This contrast, and the idea of something embodying both sides of it, can be used in poetry.  A poet could explore the contrast and look for other things that have the same characteristic.

    For example, a poet might decide to examine the idea of a nontraditional college student.  Many college students are in their late teens or early twenties and a poet might decide to write about one that is in their sixties.  They could combine this with the idea that the person is going to a traditional school (for example one that has existed for more than a hundred years) and is studying a traditional subject (for example English literature as opposed to quantum physics).  There are other ideas that could be used as well.

  • Meshing.  Turkey, in this context is an American food.  Meatballs, might be considered traditionally Italian (although this may not be accurate).  A turkey meatball meshes the two types of food.  A poet could think about this and decide to mesh two other ideas.  For example, they could write about a person that is the product of two cultures.  This person could either have a parent from each, or could be from one culture, but live in another.  The poet could write about how the cultures mesh.

  • Slow.  Turkey meatballs, depending on how they are prepared, might be at some point slow simmered in a sauce.  The idea of slowness could be used in poetry.  An example might be a poem about a relationship that slowly develops.