HELPY, THIS IS URGENT. i’m writing bad poetry. i have the lines “your napalm’s homemade, your arteries bright/ with subterranean neon and casual lies.” what do i follow it up with?!
It depends on your medium. If your poem is intended to be read out loud, this is the time for a gigantic gasping wheezing intake of air followed by a long sequence of unrelated adjectives all of which seem really out of place when applied to apples. (You don’t have to mention the apples explicitly; the listener will pick up the implication.)
In non-print writing, you want a giant ink blot, then some blank verse about the ink blot which has been written right-aligned (doing this outside of word processors takes skill and practice, but stick with it; the results justify the effort).
In print, you want a gigantic word, after which you switch to iambic pentameter for a few lines.
Of course, modern poets must take all these media into account. To do this, have the giant ink blot be a recognizeable word, and put in marginal notes for a performer.
p.s.: Helpy actually knows exactly who you’re talking about, and would consider continuing on: “… / you’re gay psalms’ parade, pure party trees’ plight / with glib terrarrium’s paean and supersized fries”.