I haven't been officially participating in NaPoWriMo but I'm loving today's prompt:
I’d like you to try an odd little exercise that I have had good results with. Today, I challenge you to write a poem backwards. Start with the last line and work your way up the page to the beginning. Another way to go about this might be to take a poem you’ve already written, and flip the order of the lines and from there, edit it so the poem now works with its new order. This will probably feel a bit strange (and really, it is a bit strange), but it just may help you see the formal “opening” and “closing” strategies of your poems in a new way!
Here is a poem I wrote the other day:
It makes me crazy
I think of you
yet it also keeps me calm
I won't deny my thoughts of you
but I also won't deny my beliefs
the faith I follow.
Here it is flipped:
The faith I follow
I won't deny my beliefs
but I also won't deny my thoughts of you
it keeps me calm
to think of you
it also makes me crazy.
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