Create your own original piece of poetry, just follow the simple steps below:

Read some poetry!

Find some examples of poems, phrases or sentences you like and identify what it is you think works and why. It might give you some new ideas. The poems in the Dark New Skies anthology are a great place to read the kind of work other young people are writing. Or check out some of the poems submitted as part of our Haiku challenge.

Explore a theme

In Dark New Skies, our young poets explored the themes of migration and climate change, two topics that inspired them to get writing. What themes feel really important to you right now? What are your hopes and fears for the future?

15 words only

When you’re writing a poem sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. There are so many choices that being restricted to 15 words can really help focus your thinking and encourage you to carefully consider every word. Let’s keep it short and snappy!

Write in your own voice

The young people who wrote poems for our anthology were encouraged to write using their own voice to make the poems sound authentic and truthful. Try reading what you have written out loud and see if it sounds natural. If you have written it in way you would speak, then it’s using your voice.

Get technical

Check out Dark New Skies for some inspiration.

TIP: You could try including a poetry technique such as metaphor like Zahrah did in the poem Humanity, page 43 of Dark New Skies.

‘Man ran through us with a pizza cutter many years ago’

This sentence describes the way land was divided and cut up, through using the metaphor of a pizza. This technique can create a strong visual image and helps the reader visualise an idea in a different way.

TIP: You could also try using simile like in the poem Ups and Downs, page 26:

‘An emotional pain felt like a sharp, poisonous knife cutting through you’

or alliteration like Tahia uses on page 23 in Its Hold on Us:

‘Clutching claws impale its prey, mirroring its hold on us. Cascading down the face of the Earth, once crystal clear long ago’

The hard ‘c’ sound is used 5 times to make an impact.

Go for it!

Sometimes we can be our own worst critic. Give it a go and get creative!