I am a product […of] endless books. My father bought all the books he read and never got rid of any of them. There were books in the study, books in the drawing room, books in the cloakroom, books (two deep) in the great bookcase on the landing, books in a bedroom, books piled as high as my shoulder in the cistern attic, books of all kinds reflecting every transient stage of my parents’ interest, books readable and unreadable, books suitable for a child and books most emphatically not. Nothing was forbidden me. In the seemingly endless rainy afternoons I took volume after volume from the shelves. I had always the same certainty of finding a book that was new to me as a man who walks into a field has of finding a new blade of grass.
C. S. Lewis (via bookporn)
How to Write Slam Poetry

From PowerPoetry.org:

Want to create a truly memorable or powerful slam poem? There are various tricks that you can use to make your slam poem stand out from other spoken work poetry at a poetry slam. Read this cheat sheet to write your own slam poetry—and learn how to wow crowds.

How to Write Slam Poetry

How to Write Narrative Poetry

Do people stop and listen intently every time you tell a story? Then writing a narrative poem is right up your alley! Use this form of poetry to create a compelling character and plot that people will remember forever. Learn more at PowerPoetry.org.
How to Enter a Poetry Contesnt

From PowerPoetry.org:

There are lots of great reasons to enter poetry contests. A contest gives you a goal and deadline, so it may motivate you to finish a poem and make it the best it can be. Sometimes judges provide feedback to contestants, so you might receive constructive criticism that can help you improve your craft.

How to Enter a Poetry Contest

5 Top Works from Master Slam Poets

From PowerPoetry.org:

While you’re always welcome to read slam poems, ideally, this form of “spoken word poetry” is best appreciated when heard live during a performance. After all, poetry is meant to be heard, not just read!

5 Top Works from Master Slam Poets

Poetry is making a comeback.

They may not tell you,
but the poets are out there
Writing for the soul to unpack.

- from “A poem for poets" by Power Poet MythicalFishPen

Poetry Prompt

Pick two poets who you think could have an awesome discussion or debate. Now, write that conversation in the form of a poem.

From PowerPoetry.org:

Whether you’re still in school, are about to graduate or have already moved onto the next chapter in life, nearly everyone can relate to what it feels like to be inside a classroom. Check out these five poems about school to see just how many different angles on education there are—then try writing your own.

5 Poems About Schools



These photographs, by New York-based Bing Wright, feature reflections of sunsets in shattered mirrors.