People often ask me for tips about writing poems. I always say that the best and simplest way to think about writing poems is first to read some poems. Then as you read say to yourself ‘I could write like that’. When you think about those words ‘like that’, that means you could write a poem that sounds like that; or has a pattern like that; has a theme like that; or anything that is triggered off by any word or picture in the poem. Remember, poems are ways of beginning conversations. They are ways of getting us to think, ways of getting us to repeat what’s in poems, and ways of telling ourselves that we could write or think along similar lines. So give it a go: read a poem, daydream a bit and then see what comes. It’s a great place to start. Enjoy!