Poetry for Strangers is about finding inspiration in the chance encounters of everyday life. PFS suggests that every person can be the “muse” of a poem. Each week I ask a stranger for a single word and write a poem inspired by the word. I invite you to do the same.

Share your poem on this week’s word!


The word: Aardvark

January 23, 2013, 7:55 am

Dear everybody,

Week three and the words keep coming…and your poems do too! Thank you for writing and sharing them.

The stranger: I met Seiya, age eleven and quadrilingual, when he came for tea with his mother, my new friend. He settled right down onto my sofa, reading the Oxford English Dictionary and calling out unusual words.

His word: Aardvark

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The Word: Tender

January 16, 2013, 6:43 pm

Hi all,

I hope your weeks are going wonderfully! If you haven’t already, peek at the Poetry for Strangers website and you’ll find a dazzling array of brewery poems. And now, a new week, and a new stranger… more »

The word: Brewery

January 9, 2013, 9:35 am

Happy new year!

I am starting a new writing project called Poetry for Strangers and here is how it works:

Each week I will ask a stranger for a single word, and then I will use that word as the inspiration for a poem. I will share that poem with you and invite you to write a poem on that same word and post it on the Poetry for Strangers blog. By the year’s end, we will have created a body of work together, borrowing inspiration from over fifty strangers. Here is the first one: more »

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