One of the things I have learned trying to generate ideas in poetry is that they are often generated by stimuli.
As tempting as it is for me to subscribe to the idea of a poet being a vessel that is divinely inspired by the muse, I just don’t buy into it.
Oddly enough I have never had writers block. Any time there has been a slowing down in my writing, it has been directly connected to a slowing down in my reading.
You see reading for me gives me permission to have ideas. Not to copy ideas but to stimulate new ones.
Conversations, magazines, movies and plays also become catalysts for poem ideas.
One of my favourite things to do is to create prompts for poems and see where the exercise takes me.
Not every exercise leads to a great poem but some do and at the very least they keep me sharp for when a great poem comes. Exercises also sharpen the poetic eye needed to recognise a poem when it comes.