The inspiration for this feature comes from Andy Crouch's book Culture Making. In it he argues that the best way for Christians to engage culture is by making more of it.
If you are not poet or aspiring poet, please send a link to this post to any Christians you know who are, especially a young person. We need to equip and inspire the next generation to engage culture by making more of it.
For Christians who would like to begin writing poetry but are not sure where to start, an excellent guide is this podcast from John Piper entitled "Writing Poetry: Where Do I Start?"
Another resource is the organization Utmost Christian Writers, which has an extensive Resources page and sponsors poetry contests.
Another list of resources may be found at Christian poet Mary Harwell Sayler's blog.
For good examples of poems written by Christians and recommended books of poetry written by Christians, go to Plough Publishing House.