What is Seed Pack Poetry for Gardeners?

Kimberly Burnham
2 min readApr 23, 2022

Ways to Write Seed Pack Poetry Part 1

Seed pack poetry is a form of found poetry, erasure poetry or blackout poetry. Found poetry is a form of poetry where the words are found in a page of text. The poet uses only words found in that piece of text. Found poems can be rewritten onto a separate piece of page taking only the words needed for the poem. Often the poet keeps the words in the same order on the page, but sometimes will rearrange the words chosen for the poem.

Erasure Poetry

Erasure poetry is where the words needed for the poem are cut out of the text or the words not needed are erased from the text leaving only the desired words.

Blackout Poetry

In Blackout poetry the words not included in the poem are blacked out with a marker, crayon, or pencil.

In all of these forms of poetry the desired words are left visible, and the remaining words are left behind.

Seed pack poetry is a specific kind of found poetry, erasure poetry or blackout poetry. The chosen text is the back of a seed pack.

Seed Pack Poetry Titles

Poem titles can be ripped from the text or can be chosen from any set of words, in order to lead the reader into the poem or set the subject matter. In seed pack poetry often, the title includes the name of the flower, fruit or vegetable seeds contained in the seed pack. Perhaps the plant’s scientific name is included in the title.

Cosmic Purple Carrots (Ed Hume Seeds)

smooth purple carrots
reveal real piece garden
rich in minerals

Photo by Hello I'm Nik on Unsplash

Blue Honeysuckle (Trade Winds Fruit)

fruit native fleshy
blue raw juices moist surface
exposing full sun

Photo by Fabrizio Conti on Unsplash

Nothstine Dent Organic Corn Seed (Johnny’s Selected Seeds)

favorite cornmeal
glossy yellow white kernels
short season success

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash



Kimberly Burnham

Writer, Poet, Ekphrastic Writer-in-Residence, Nerve Whisperer, Brain Health Coach, Author of The Traveling Brain: Illuminating Peace Poetry in 5000 Languages.