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

Share your poem on this week’s word!


I met Dan at this spring’s Idaho Writers Guild Conference. He had come to Boise to speak about publicity for writers, based on his experience running his own book promotion company, Smith Publicity, in Philadelphia.

The Stranger: Dan

The Word: Transient

The poem I wrote:

If you were anyone
other than you

I would unwing
your art

from your arms,
leave you leafless,

as an infant,

and trembling.

The Challenge: Do you have a poem in you on this word? Write one here.