Pick a title to lure the reader in to rival any siren.
Put words together that are unlikely bedfellows combining their syllables in novel positions or couplets. Use the end of a line to emphasis, the end line of a stanza to impress, the last line of a poem to punch!
An enjambed line makes the reader ponder What caused this line to wander?
Don’t leave a word on its own except if it is powerful enough to stand alone which is as rare as a daffodil growing on an iceberg.
Interior rhymes right the wrong of poetry becoming singsong.
Take all heart and soul out of your poems.
Pace your poem by alternating feet with rhythm and meter.
Cut the opening lines of your first draft until you discover where your poem becomes alive—If you can’t find that point take another stab.
Write and rewrite. Marinate the words. Ruminate them on different days and shore up the themes that percolate. Repeat this process often.
Read your poetry out loud to your dog or garden. Smooth the spots where the words trip up your voice.
Check your poem’s shape on the page always aware of the space around it.
Remember poems are cerebral visual and musical.
The right combination (Oh dear, I’m already breaking the rules) is pure poetry.