Poem Starters


Sometimes looking at poems by others can give us ideas for poems of our own. Here are some model poem suggestions and ideas for naturewriting:

Thirteen Ways Poem. Read Wallace Stevens’ poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.” Write your own poem considering an animal, a plant, or a place from as many ways as you can. Make the images sharp and each way very different or distinct from the others.

Month Poem. Read W.S. Merwin’s poem “February.” He includes some very personal images to produce a picture and a feeling of February. Choose a month that has a strong impression in your mind. You might choose your birthday month. Close your eyes and think deeply about the images you associate with that month. Compose a poem of those images. You might try to write a poem for every month of the year–as you live it.