Write a poem where the each line starts with a new letter of the alphabet, from A-Z or whatever number of letters you want to include.
Examples: A Poem for S. by Jessica Greenbaum & Alphabet Street by Randall Mann & Abecedarian Requiring Further Examination of Anglikan Seraphym Subjugation of a Wild Indian Rezervation by Natalie Diaz
Write a poem where the letter on the left side spell out a word, or phrase.
Examples: A Boat, Beneath a Sunny Sky by Lewis Carroll & An Acrostic by Edgar Allan Poe
Start with a story
24 word Poem
Write a poem that tells a story in exactly 24 words. Then rewrite it using just 12 of the words. Then just 6. Try to keep the essential meaning of the poem, but see how it changes with fewer words, and possibly, slightly different shades of meaning.
Cross Out Poem
Think of a story about something that has happened in your life. Freewrite for about 10 minutes where you put as many details as you can remember.
When you are done, cross out as many unnecessary words as you can. You should end up with just the essential strong words and details. Shape it into a poem.
American Sentences are a poetry form created by the poet Allen Ginsberg. It is kind of like the American version of Haiku poems.
The challenge is to write an observation or story or scene in one sentence that is exactly 17 syllables.
Here are some examples by Ginsberg: