I seem to be drawn to mythology again and again this year. Mythology on the brain, I guess.
Make a list of mythological creatures or characters. Draw from a variety of mythologies. Find one you can identify with in some way. Not necessarily a reflection of yourself, but perhaps a reflection of some part of yourself, or something you'd like to see in yourself. Dig a bit. Valkyrie, Hercules, Frost Giants, Sif, Atheana, Bast, Redcaps, Seelie, Sirens.
Choose one and write a poem putting them in a modern environment.
Become a Muse in an airport lounge. Thor in New Orleans after Katrina. Zeus on a bend in Las Vegas. Aphrodite working as a webcam girl.
See what draws you into their story. If they're a god from an ancient pantheon, do they miss being worshipped? Or is it a relief? Maybe Hermes has grown old and is nowhere near the speedster he used to be. Thoth overwhelmed by the age of the internet. A minotaur lost on the freeway, unwilling to ask for directions.
Take a look at (or listen to) Kim Addonizio's Muse over at Poems Out Loud.