This is an Exercise from the late Jim Simmerman which tends to help people come up with pretty good poems. I was able to publish some from the exercise, and a number of other folks have as well; it sets loose a lot of goofy creativity.
To get a more exact form of it, google Jim Simmerman, but here's the version I typed up:
TWENTY LITTLE POETRY PROJECTS
(Jim Simmermanís exercise)
1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.
2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
3. Use at least one image for each. of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name (You'll have to go the the google site for the rest of this project)
6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.
7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.
8. Use a word (slang?) you've never seen in a poem.
9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.
10. Use a piece of "talk" you've actually heard (preferably
in dialect and/or which you don't understand).
11.Create a metaphor using the following construc-
tion: "The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract
noun) . . ."
12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual
13. Make the persona or character in the poem do some-
thing he/she could not do in "real life."
14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.
15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem
. seems to be a prediction.
16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.
17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.
18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.
19. Make a nonhuman object say or do something human
20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that "echoes" an image from earlier in the poem.
Have a ball with it, and approach it with as much of a sense of playfulness as you can. Make whatever revisions seem to work best for you, so that it reads smoothly after you do your first draft.