Here are the so-called rules. Take a decent piece of literary text. In this Poet-in-Residence example it's a day's entry chosen completely at random from a Virginia Woolf diary. Highlight some poetic-looking words and phrases and cobble them together like a piece of IKEA furniture thereby making a poem. The Poet-in-Residence poem THE OLD DRIVING WHIRLWIND took all of ten minutes to compose. Now you may cry, "And it shows!"
But that is deliberately missing the point. We can and should self-assemble these poetic goods on display in the DIY shop window. It's a small contribution to poetic posterity. Give it a whirl. And don't be afraid.
In THE OLD DRIVING WHIRLWIND only the word 'is' (line 3) and the punctuation were added.
THE OLD DRIVING WHIRLWIND
Two glasses of vin du pays
Settle the dust in my mind.
Hope is the colour of dirty brown paper.
A dark cultivated woman
Something of miraculous desirability
Was my desire
Mounting all the time steadily
Coming in at night in the wet
Punctured in a mountain village
In the bitter windy rain
In the old driving whirlwind ...