Put a pop of poetry in your day!

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

  • Poetry Pop Quiz: Test your Poetry IQ
    What type of poet are you? Put on your thinking cap and take this fun interactive quiz to find out!
  • Tanka : Haiku’s Big Cousin
    The word tanka means “short song” and is one of the oldest Japanese forms of poetry originating in the seventeenth century. The tanka is related to it’s shorter cousin, haiku, but isn’t as popular with American poets. Traditional Japanese tanka poems are made up of 31 […]
  • Travel Haiku: Taking Haiku on the Road
    Early this month, we talked about how to start a Haiku Journal. As mentioned, famous Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho, recorded his travels by way of haiku in his diary. I recently took a drive to the northern California coast for some R & R and […]
  • Visual Prompt: Pick a Number Between 1 and 9
    Let play a poetry game! Pick a number between one and nine then slide the cover to reveal the visual prompt that you can use to write a poem this week. The numbers are in random order in the lower right hand corner of each […]
  • Starting a Haiku Journal
    Haiku is about “seeing”—about paying attention to a moment in nature and capturing that moment, like a snapshot, on paper with words (before it disappears). Famous Japanese poet, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), said that to write haiku you need to have the eyes and heart of […]
  • Momeries: A Mother’s Day Poem
    Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there and to grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and friends who are helping to raise a child. Being a mom is the greatest joy in my life. My kids are adults and living their own lives now, but sometimes […]
  • Book Spine Poetry: Novels
    Last week we wrote book spine poems using children’s books so this week, as promised, we are moving to the novel section of my bookshelf.
  • Book Spine Poetry: Earth Day
    You can find poems anywhere! Even in a stack of books! Creating a spine poem is much like writing found poetry but instead of using the text from a page of a book or article, you use the titles printed on the spines of books. […]
  • Found Poem: Where the Wild Things Are
    Found poetry is the literary version of a collage. The poems are made up of words taken from a printed document like a newspaper article, a speech, or in this case, a book, Where the Wild Things Are. The poet selects words from the document […]
  • Clipped Verse: Children’s Poetry for a Windy Day
    I first learned of clipped verse (sometimes called fragmented rhyme) back in 2007 when I was introduced to children’s author Verla Kay’s powerful historical non-fiction children’s book, Rough, Tough Charley. The book is about Charley Parkhurst, one of the most respected stagecoach drivers in the […]
  • Paint Chip Poetry: 9-11
    A few weeks back, I posted a Paint Chip Poetry exercise. It was so much fun, I thought I’d give it another try this week. The rules for Paint Chip Poetry are simple: Choose a random selection of color swatches from your local hardware store […]
  • #pandemicpoetry: Haiku the Happy Stuff
    The pandemic has brought with it much hardship and loss. So today, I want us to try to look past the darkness and write about something, anything, positive or hopeful that has come out of this trying year. Did you reconnect with nature? Did you […]
  • How to write a “Where I’m from” Poem (with template)
    The poem, Where I’m From by George Ella Lyons is powerful! It is a literary snapshot of the poet’s most memorable images of her childhood. Through her text, she takes the reader on a journey to show them who she was as a child and […]
  • Celebrate World Poetry Day on March 21st
    Many of us read, write, and teach poetry every day but did you know there is an official day to celebrate and support poets and poetry? As an initiative of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO), world poetry day is held every […]
  • How to Write a Found Poem: Thrift Shop Flowers
    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 (or in this case, a book on flowers from […]
  • Paint Chip Poetry: Colorful Wordplay
    For the last decade I’ve attended an annual writer’s retreat by the ocean in Northern California where I gather with friends for inspiration, laughs, and writing. Each year, a friend, author, and artist I admire hosts a Paint Chip Poetry session. We dig into a […]
  • Zen Pop: Poetic Encouragement (Just Be)
    Life is hard. Today, if all you do is be, then that’s okay. Periodically on Poetry Pop, you will see a Zen Pop blog post. These posts are my way of sharing on a personal level and giving you a bit of poetic encouragement while […]
  • Free Verse: The Birth of a Poem
    There seems to be an influx of newborn babies right now, at least in my little corner of the world. I’ve enjoyed seeing the sweet little bundles of joy and their happy parents and grandparents on social media. So, I had the idea to write […]
  • Poetry Pop Shop: The Crafty Poet
    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. Today, I want to share one of my favorite books on the craft with you. The Crafty Poet: A Portable […]
  • A Birthday Acrostic Poem
    I had a birthday this week. I’m at that point where I’m far from young, but I’m not quite old (unless you ask my kids 🙂 ) And although I curse the wrinkles, aches, and pains, I am trying to embrace aging as I know […]
  • Visual Poetry Prompt: Naked (a winter poem)
    When I saw this picture, it reminded me of growing up in Utah. Watching the Wasatch mountains turn a brilliant shade of autumn, leaving naked trees to be blanketed by snow. We always had the most beautiful snowstorms! I now live in Northern California’s wine […]
  • 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 […]