How to Write Poetry Without Writing Poetry

Do you want to write poetry, but think you can’t? Try not really writing poetry. Try finding it.

I like reading poetry and I like trying to write poetry, but I’m no expert. Poetry can be intimidating. It can be hard to think of the right words. There are a few ways you can write poetry without writing poetry.

My middle son recently did a cut-and-paste poetry. He cut words out of magazines.

You can also try blackout poetry. My kids did this in school for years. They used pages from books, but I will use anything. The backs of receipts, junk mail, whatever.

Here are a few more examples on my Instagram feed.


Where can you find poetry? When you find it, jot it down. Snap a photo. And keep reading it.