I'm a habitual meme scroller and had seen a few circulating social media about changing your mindset and perspective about whether you're caged at home or doing a service to others to keep them safe and thought it would be neat to reflect this concept in a piece.
I felt the reverse poem form could be a great way to make this flipped thought process happen on paper. This was actually my second time tackling a poem using this form choice and to me, it's different. I think what's so unique about it is that the language is intentionally uncomplicated. I feel like the simpler and more accessible the language is for this type of piece, the cooler it turns out when you see how the form works itself out. And this poem was meant for a larger audience of readers, being your average person at home and not so much for the viewing pleasure of regular digesters of literary art.
If I get charged up and plunge deeper into a creative mind-storm, I tend to take my work to the vinyl flooring where I pile a combination of ripped-out notebook pages and printed drafts and go to town. Writers are allowed to be scattered and messy, right?
She has previously written for the Graham’s Foundation NICU blog and also has a freelance writing job for a Millennial women’s site, where she has been a regular contributor for over a year.
“Looking For Sunsets (In the Early Morning)”
by Cindy Hochman
“The Way Back”
“VAN GOGH TO HIS MISTRESS”
by Margo Taft Stever
“How To Befriend Uncertainty”
“Shostakovich: Five Pieces”
“Bouquet for Amy Clampitt”