A series of short writing exercises to give your creativity a little kick.
Based on the assumption that good poems start from specific information rather than abstract emotion, try this exercise.
► Think of a clichéd poetic concept – blazing sunset, beautiful landscape, sleeping child, stormy sea, lover’s kiss.
► Now research the factual basis of the concept. What’s the scientific explanation for a sunset’s colours? The evolutionary basis of a kiss? The brain patterns of sleep?
► Having used the scientific explanation to gain a distance from the cliché, consider what metaphors it suggests, and/or employ the vocabulary in a poem.