Academic journal article Language Arts

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

Academic journal article Language Arts

Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems

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Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems Written by Marilyn Singer Illustrated by Josée Masse Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 8037-3769-3

"Once upon a time, Marilyn Singer wrote a poem that could be read up and down, so that it would have different meanings in each direction. She had invented a reverso poem! Then she challenged herself to write more poems like it." This follow- up companion to her first book titled Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reverso Poems features 14 reversos referencing famous fairy tales such as The Emperor's New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, Puss in Boots, The Three Little Pigs, The Little Mermaid, and The Tortoise and the Hare. Each page features a reverso-which consists of two poems. This is different from other poetic forms like limericks, sonnets, and haikus that consist of only one poem. One of my favorite reversos is titled "The Little Mermaid's Choice." Look at the forward and "reverso" readings here:

For love,

give up your voice.

Don't

think twice.

On the shore,

be his shadow. …

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