This from my weekly Children's Writer newsletter...
What are Poets
by Joe "Silly" Sotille (pronounced Sotilly)
Poets are explorers
traveling in uncharted
chambers of the heart.
Poets are pilgrims
discovering new lands
Poets are observers
of what is on the surface
and what is buried deep below.
Poets are eavesdroppers
who hear bits and pieces of talk
that become poems.
Read the rest of Joe's take on what it means to be a poet plus a lot of other good stuff in his article "What is Poetry?" from the Institute of Children's Literature (ICL) website. (A BONUS feature of the article is a list of poetry books recommended for kids - and writers of poetry for kids.)
Joe's website sponsors a monthly poetry writing contest for kids, plus poetry writing instruction (also for kids, but I'm sure he won't mind if adults listen in), and order information for his book Picture Poetry on Parade! (read an excerpt).
Sounds like something this kid would like to read!