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Welcome! This blog serves as a vessel to share my passion for poetry. If you are an adult looking to read, learn, create, or share poetry, you’ve come to the right place. Poetry Pop is meant for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re a beginner, a seasoned poet, or somewhere in between. Now, let’s play with words!  

—Danna Smith, author and poet.


from my blog

  • Writing a List Poem: A List with a Twist
    A list poem is just that, a list of items, ideas, or people. The list is usually placed in the middle of the poem, and most end with a surprise, ” a list with a twist”.  But can a list be poetic? Of course!
  • The Shortest Poem in History
    When I came across Strickland Gillilan’s 1927 poem, “Lines on the Antiquity of Microbes,” I had a good laugh. Not only because it’s a concise, funny poem but because the long, complicated title is comically in contrast. Apparently, someone else thought the same thing (as […]
  • Why a Poem? The Power of Poetry
    Having written poetry all my life, I’ve often wondered why. Why did I pick up a pen and write that first poem when I was a child? Why did I continue to write (and read) poetry through adulthood? What makes poetry so special? We’ve all […]
  • Merry Christmas and a Happy New Poem
    As we near the end of the year 2020, I look back at the hardships and challenges the pandemic has brought with it, but there have been some good things too. I’m grateful my family and friends are well and that I’ve been able to […]
  • Triversen: Random Acts of Normalcy
    It has been a long nine months since my home state of California locked down due to the pandemic. The entire world is going through a lot right now, but I am amazed at the creativity and resilience of people who are trying to hold […]
  • Free Verse: You’re not the Boss of Me
    When you write traditional verse, you are bound by rules. Rhyme, meter, stanza, length of line, and more are set up for you depending on which poetry form you have chosen. With free verse, you get to be the boss. You get to decide where […]
  • Poetry Pop Shop: Holiday Gifts for the Poet in Your Life
    There are 24 days until Christmas, still plenty of time to shop online for the poet, reader, and writer in your life. I’ve gathered a handful of gift ideas that are sure to bring joy to the creative soul at Christmas time or any time. […]
  • Getting Silly: Nonsense Poems in a Serious World
    We are nearing the end of an incredibly trying year. A small dose of silly is just what the doctor ordered in times like these. So, I challenged myself to come up with a nonsense poem to make you (and your kids) smile. I was […]
  • Writing a Mask Poem
    A mask poem (also called a Persona) is written from the point of view of an object, an animal, or a person (other than yourself). Mask poems can be long or short, serious or humorous. There are no rules as far as meter or rhyme […]
  • Visual Prompt: A Reader’s Prayer
    We’ve all been there, pen in hand, waiting for a poem to arrive. Poetry prompts are a great way to get the juices flowing on those inevitable days when a poem doesn’t show up. The visual prompt below spoke to me. There is nothing more […]
  • What’s the Skinny? Writing Skinny Poems
    If you haven’t written a Skinny poem before, you are in for a real treat! This poetic form was created by Truth Thomas in the Tony Medina Poetry Workshop at Howard University in 2005.
  • Visual Poetry Prompt: A Big Fan
    We’ve all been there, sitting with pen in hand, waiting for a poem to arrive. Poetry prompts are a great way to get the juices flowing on those inevitable days when a poem doesn’t show up. When I looked at the picture below, the fan […]
  • Poetry Pop Shop: Haikcubes
    On Poetry Pop, you will periodically get posts titled, Poetry Pop Shop, where I introduce some fun writerly or readerly gadgets I think you might enjoy. In my last post, we had fun writing haikus so I thought it would be fitting to introduce you […]
  • Haiku: Capturing a Moment in Nature
    A haiku (hi-koo) is a short Japanese poem that focuses on one moment in nature. It’s a poem that’s written to be read in one breath. Sometimes Haiku is confused with the similar Senryu (we’ll take a look at the difference below).
  • How to Write a Digital Blackout Poem (with images)
    In blackout poetry, the poet blacks out or covers up unwanted words, leaving carefully chosen words to “pop” on the page. There are two ways to create blackout poetry. You can do it the old school way with a newspaper article and a marker which […]
  • Writing a Found Poem (no, it’s not cheating!)
    Found poetry is the literary version of a collage. The poems are made up of words taken from a printed document such as a newspaper article, a speech, a menu, junk mail, or even another poem. The poet selects words from the document and rearranges […]
  • How-To Poems: How to Be a Star
    In this poem form, the poet walks the reader through a process, teaching them how to do something new and entertaining them along the way. The How to Poem is known as a modern poetic form sometimes used in classrooms. However, William Carlos Williams’ (1883-1963) poem, Tract, in which […]
  • Debut Pop: Welcome to Poetry Pop!
    Thanks for popping in for Poetry Pop’s debut blog post! Some of you may know me as Children’s Book Author, Danna Smith, but writing poetry is where I got my start. I have loved words from the moment I met them. I visited them often […]