So you want to be a poet but you are not quite sure what to write about. You have read many poems about love, heartache, struggles, important causes, politics and nature, but you don’t want to be the same broken record. As a new poet, you will need to stand out from the rest of the crowd. If you want to come up with a unique subject, think about some of the unusual things you like that others find strange.
- How about food? Is there an unusual dish or combination of ingredients that you love to indulge in? Write about this delicious delicacy. Put your passion for eating or cooking in a poem. Use food as a metaphor for some people you know. Create a recipe for life by using items and ingredients in your kitchen. Conjure some delicious food poetry.
- Are you a taphophile? Taphophilia is the passion or enjoyment for cemeteries. Do you scour graveyards and marvel at the headstones? Do you hunt for famous figures traveling cemeteries around the world? Write about some of the morbid sayings engraved on those marble tablets. Write about the people in those graves from the description given on the headstones. Give your audience a different view of a cemetery; one that you see as beautiful, artistic even.
- Is carving your thing? Are you an artist that loves carving something strange like soaps, eggshells, or even books? Write about the joy it gives you. Give an insight to the process of this very delicate art form. What gives you inspiration? Describe one of your finished products as if to someone who has never seen this before.
- Have an unusual collection? Maybe you have a room full of masks, old tin cans, or even spools of thread. Write about the odd objects you collect. How did this hobby get started? Where do you find these items that bring you joy? When you write about them, let your audience feel how passionate you are about the collection.
- Do you have a weird habit you no one knows about? Some people have a certain chair they must sit in, or wear a certain color shirt on particular days. Are you a secret people watcher or must you travel a different route every day? Write about some of the strange things you do or that you have observed others do.
Don’t be afraid to expose some of your unusual hobbies and habits in your writing.. Be brave like Lewis Carroll when writing about the Jabberwocky. Create something whimsical like Shel Silverstein’s playful poems. Write to capture some attention and give your audience something to remember you by.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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