The folks at The Poetry Foundation have a piece up that lists eight shortcuts on writing poetry. Funny stuff, however, now that they've divulged all our secrets, kneecaps are going to have to be broken...
From The Poetry Foundation:
1. Animals and Your Soul
If you’re like most people, baring your soul is tough, so the first thing you should do is get yourself an avatar from the animal world on which you can project your fears, your loves, and, most importantly, your festering hates. We suggest finding an outcast member of the animal kingdom to represent your soul’s voice. Perhaps start with a lemur. Say what you really want to say, but as a lemur might say it. Everyone will be all “Wow, I’ve never read a poem from a lemur’s perspective before!”