I heard Devin Johnston, a writer and professor at SLU talk today. He was talking about poetry, and how really, it is a writing form much like condensed milk. (It is sweet and has a long shelf life because it has been condensed.)
He also said a few other wonderful things:
"Poetry starts as an instinct towards action"-- It's like talking a walk; kind of having a plan but seeing what you encounter on the way. So if your feet are itching to walk, go walk! If you're brain has an instinct to write a poem, get out a pen!
"don't romance me, just pour the drinks" i.e. poetry, unlike a prevalent thought, is not supposed to be flowery, it's supposed to be powerful. Like high proof alcohol.
"you pull your favorite word 'duvet' over your head."
As a prompt, I want you to write about poetry for as long as you can (for ten minutes), and then condense it as much as possible. go! Let it be stream of consciousness.