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Slice of Life: Giving Reverso Poetry a Go #SOL18

I have always been fascinated by reverso poems.  It was not until I met some young friends in classrooms who took to this structure and shared their process with me, that I began to understand how to even begin to write one.   Thank you for teaching me!!

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 09:33h, 23 March Reply

    Wow–that format really works for this poem, message and all. The ritual is that much more powerful with the repetition. You were good to percolate and try it out!

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    Posted at 09:52h, 23 March Reply

    Reverso? I am learning so much about poetry this month. The format fits this sentiment and the photo behind is a wonderful backdrop

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    Diane Esolen Dougherty
    Posted at 10:33h, 23 March Reply

    I like the lines: trusting the process/following my instincts. Those lines typify what you did with this poem. Great message too.

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    Michelle Haseltine
    Posted at 10:37h, 23 March Reply

    WOW! I want to know more about this process. I’ve tried and failed at this process so much. Amazing poem!

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    Margaret Simon
    Posted at 10:52h, 23 March Reply

    Reverso poems are the hardest. Well, after sonnets, that is. You’ve done a great job.

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    Lisa Corbett
    Posted at 10:52h, 23 March Reply

    I love this style! I have never redone until just now. I’m going to have to go in search of more.

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    Peg Bruno
    Posted at 11:19h, 23 March Reply

    Beautiful poem and sentiments. I have seen this type of poetry in shorter poems, but never with this depth. I love how you capture so much emotion and make me wonder.

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    Lynne Dorfman
    Posted at 11:27h, 23 March Reply

    A great format for this poem, Clare. It flowed, made me think, had such a beautiful rhythm. Love the thoughts that were expressed here.

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    Cathy M
    Posted at 12:01h, 23 March Reply

    Well, this is new to me. I had to go read a bit and found a good post by Marilyn Singer about reverso poetry. It works well in this poem you shared today. I may have to play with this a bit.

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    Posted at 16:41h, 23 March Reply

    Wow. I read it and then again, and went back one more time, appreciating the magic of this format. You wonder how you did. In my mind you did magnificently.

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    Karen Szymusiak
    Posted at 22:27h, 23 March Reply

    Great format! I may have to try it. I liked the way it flowed. Your words were so carefully chosen and placed.

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    Amanda Potts
    Posted at 23:46h, 23 March Reply

    What fun – and this one works really well. I have to admit that I enjoy the format but have never tried one myself. I’m impressed by your courage!

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    Kendra Limback
    Posted at 01:01h, 24 March Reply

    I really need to embrace writing poetry. I need to just practice it in my notebooks at first, just to try it. Thanks for the nudge.

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