Poetry can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.
One of my favorite programs was a haiku only open mic. I briefly went over what a haiku is and shared some examples.
This is a great place to promote books from your collection, especially if you have some teen friendly ones like Zombie Haiku and Vampire Haiku by Ryan Mecum. My teens also liked some of the younger haiku titles like Prelutsky’s If Not for the Cat. These simple examples worked well since I was trying to “sell” haiku as poetry that anyone can write.
I gave the teens time to write and then we opened up the floor for anyone who wanted to share. I didn’t do an actual slam, though you could. I did offer prizes for the overall best, the best nature haiku, and the funniest.
It’s nice to see personality and attitude come out in a constructive way. It turns out “Get over yourself”, “I’m done with your games”, and “I hope he texts me” all fit nicely into the syllable pattern.