If you want to draw your readers to your poetry, add color. Better yet, add a drawing or photograph. It can be surprisingly easy to pair a poem with an appropriate photograph. Here I’ll share some tips for doing just that!
First, start with your poem. I’m using this one, recently written by poet Lenore Plassman.
Birds down in the creek dive and chatter
the cells in my ears twitch in acknowledgement
tomatoes ripened to a mirror shine
my bones stretch to grasp flown over,
common doves arc my synapses alert,
sucking in moisture another Sunday,
another tromp humble pie and humble be
for now that’s what I get:
another moment piled into all that live
cell into cell, above, below.
It’s nice, and could use an interesting photo to draw her readers in. So I noodle around on Pixabay (I’m a contributing member, but you don’t have to be) and select something that matches the mood and theme of the poem. I look for something with an area on it that could be overlaid with text. I come up with this image:
That works okay. Next, I think about my text. I decide to go with a simple font in white to match the simple words of the piece. I use GIMP, a free program, for all my editing needs. I work in layers to make things easier. You could do most of this in Paint if you wanted to. I placed my text, picked a size that was readable, tweaked the position of various things, and cropped my image to make the poem the focal point. I got this:
Simple, eyecatching, and great for Facebook, Twitter, or other social media. You can even have the poem printed out at a drug store or online, and make little handout cards with them. Happy creating!