30 Inspiring Poetry Prompts to Ignite Your Inner Author

What better way to celebrate poetry month than creating your own poem? Use these poetry prompts and inspirational quotes to spark your imagination and get you started! Plus, learn from published writers with our poetry book recommendations.

It helps to find a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted to sit and write, maybe with a hot mug of tea and some tasty snacks. Some writers also like to listen to background music while they work, but others prefer total silence. Remember that you can interpret these prompts any way you wish—there is no right or wrong way to write creatively! Let yourself free-write and focus on the present. . . .

1. What would your favorite color taste like?

2. Describe your first memory as vividly as you can.

3. Write a poem that is twenty-five words or less.

4. Describe the weather indoors. What does it look and feel like?

5. If you could freeze any moment in time, which would it be?

6. Turn on the radio or Spotify and find a random song. Write about how it makes you feel.

7. Write a poem describing the room around you: How does it feel, smell, and look? What memories does it bring up?

Every first draft is perfect because all the first draft has to do is exist.

Jane Smiley

8. Imagine that your mind is an art gallery. Take readers on a guided tour of some of your memories and dreams.

9. If winter were a person, what would they be like?

10.What would you think and feel if you woke up inside a dream?

11. Aliens are trying desperately to communicate with humans. What are they saying?

12.Walk around the room and pick up the first object that catches your eye. What does it remind you of? How does it make you feel?

13.Write a poem about the things you love most about yourself.

I don’t write poems to melt your heart. I write them so our hearts can melt together.

Subhan Zein

14. What would it be like to live in an eternal summer?

15. If your favorite song were a friend, what would they be like?

16. Imagine you are transported into the world of your favorite movie. Describe living there in detail.

17. You can fix one global issue with the wave of a magic wand. Which would you fix, and why?

18. You’ve developed the ability to speak to animals. What do they say?

19. Use a line from one of the poems you’ve written to begin or end a new poem.

20. You can rewind time. What moment would you return to and do over again?

21. Write a poem using the following words: breath, scream, ice, whistle.

22. Write a poem about the street you grew up on.

For there is always light, if only we're brave enough to see it.
If only we're brave enough to be it.

Amanda Gorman

23. Close your eyes, and journey through an imaginary land. Describe it in detail.

24. Write a poem made up of nursery rhymes.

25. Copy the first verse of a song you love. Rewrite the lyrics to reflect your own experience.

26. Write a poem about the last dream you remember.

27. Write a poem about the thing that scares you more than anything else in the world.

28. Choose one of the five senses to write a poem about.

29. Write a poem using these words: toil, love, handshake, emotion.

30. What do you dream for the future? Write about it in detail.

For even more poetry inspiration, here are our book recommendations.

Bright Red Fruit

Bright Red Fruit

An unflinching, honest novel in verse about a teenager’s journey into the slam poetry scene and the dangerous new relationship that could threaten all her dreams. From the award-winning poet and author of Home Is Not a Country.

Ariel Crashes a Train

Ariel Crashes a Train

“A gorgeously kind, wonderfully gentle, and unfailingly compassionate depiction of OCD…bursting with light.”
— Ashley Woodfolk, critically acclaimed author of NOTHING BURNS AS BRIGHT AS YOU

Exploring the harsh reality of OCD and violent intrusive thoughts in stunning, lyrical writing, this novel-in-verse conjures a haunting yet hopeful portrait of a girl on the edge. From the author of Dear Medusa, which New York Times bestselling author Samira Ahmed called “a fierce and brightly burning feminist roar.”

Dear Medusa

Dear Medusa

This searing and intimate novel in verse follows a sixteen-year-old girl coping with sexual abuse as she grapples with how to reclaim her story, her anger, and her body in a world that seems determined to punish her for the sin of surviving.

“This is more than a story about sexual violence—this book is about race, sexuality, love, and how anger can be a catalyst for healing.”
—Gabrielle Union, bestselling author, actress, and producer

Chlorine Sky

Chlorine Sky

“An absolute masterpiece.” -Elizabeth Acevedo, New York Times bestselling author of The Poet X

From the first ever poet-in-residence at Lincoln Center comes a bold coming-of-age story told in verse about a young woman who loses a best friend, but finds herself in the process. The joys of basketball, the tumult of high school, and the bonds of family are lyrically woven together in this must-read novel.

Vinyl Moon

Vinyl Moon

A teen girl hiding the scars of a past relationship finds home and healing in the words of strong Black writers. A beautiful sophomore novel from a critically acclaimed author and poet that explores how words have the power to shape and uplift our world even in the midst of pain.

Finding Jupiter

Finding Jupiter

Sparks fly when Orion and Ray meet for the first time at a roller rink in Memphis. But these star-crossed souls have a past filled with secrets that threaten to tear them apart before their love story even begins. Found poetry, grief, and fate collide in this powerful debut.

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