Do you enjoy creating poetry? Do you wish you could create poetry? Don't know where to start? Try this technique.
First, you need to find a book you don't mind marking up or tearing apart. Don't have one? Go to a thrift store and buy some, or make copies of pages in books you already own or have borrowed.
Now start by finding a word you are drawn to - underline or circle it. Use pencil in case you change your mind. That's the first word of your poem! How easy was that? Now continue down the page looking for a word that comes next. Mark it and continue. If you're really lucky you'll be able to finish your poem by the time you reach the bottom of your page. But, chances are you'll find other words you like better and go back up to change your choices. That's why you should use pencil.
Then again, it could be a fun exercise to just go with whatever first speaks to you. Don't allow yourself to go back and change anything. See what you come up with. If you have trouble with this concept you could make copies of the original page so that you can make several new poems from the same page. That way you can just let inspiration flow, knowing that you can just do it again from the beginning until you're happy with your end result. Maybe you'll like them all!
Now, the last step is to block out all the unused text. You can use markers, paints, or Sharpie. It depends on how much of the blocked out type you want to show through. In my example pictured here, I used acrylic paint, letting some parts remain more transparent than others so that it's obvious the poem came from the text of another written work. Give it a try. Have fun with it! I'd love to see some of your results here in the comments. Just please keep it safe for younger eyes.