7 Deadly Sins: write a poem about one sin through the lens of another ex: a food poem about sex, a lazy poem about anger, a pride poem about greed. etc. etc.
A New York Poem: especially if you have never been there. Everyone writes about New York sometime. It is its own cliche, and its marketable
Write a poem as if you are in a cubicle, an office you can’t escape. Tell me how much you love it.
Write a poem that is actually a letter to someone you don’t know well anymore. Attempt to breach the distance that has settled between you.
Write a surrealist poem about macaroni and cheese.
Genderflip your poem. If you are a man, write a poem as a woman. If you are a woman, inhabit the male gaze, again. If you are neither, be both. If you are both, you already know.
Go for a very long walk without your phone. If there are flowers, consider kissing them.
Find a chatgroup online that focuses on a topic you are not interested in. Perhaps a topic that no longer has much attention brought to it. Learn about radios, Twihard moms, vegan weightlifting. Be thoughtful.
Write a listicle about eschatological anxiety.
Gather up all your copay statements from your healthcare provider and blackout as much as you need to find art.
Write about a news story that deserves it. Remember that poetry has been a call to arms. Remember Modernists, and try to resist the urge for Dada for today.
Avoid doing laundry by writing.