Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – Meeting the Bar: Critique and Craft – Reverse Poetry (posted by Frank)
“A reverse poem is one that presents a message, story or a viewpoint for a few lines and then stops and rewinds all of it playing the message back, line by line, but in reverse order to present a very different story or viewpoint perhaps even the opposite of the first view. It can be quite powerful especially if the first direction is depressing and the reverse of that is uplifting.”
“Not all of the poem need be a reversal of some other part of the poem. Even the lines that are reversed need not be exactly the same. There is some flexibility here. The reader just needs to sense some kind of reversal.”
“Besides the reversed lines, you may need a transition line or section between the forward and reversed parts. There may also be a part at the beginning or end that is not part of the reversing lines of the poem.”
In my dream of a house
rooms empty and dim
a maze of half walls
nothing leads to a finished place.
Do I still wander and search?
Why would I wander and search?
nothing leads to a finished place–
that maze of half walls
rooms empty and dim,
in my dream of a house
is only a dream. I wake.