Academic journal article Language Arts

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths

Academic journal article Language Arts

Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths

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Echo Echo: Reverso Poems about Greek Myths Written by Marilyn Singer Illustrated by Josée Masse Dial, 2016, unpaged, ISBN 978-0- 8037- 3992- 5

Poet Marilyn Singer, inventor of the clever reverso poem, is back with another captivating anthology in Echo Echo. As in her previous collections, Mirror Mirror and Follow Follow, each reverso in the book is actually comprised of two poems, the first of which reads top to bottom while the second reverses the lines and slightly alters capitalization and punctuation to reveal a different meaning. The genius of this form and its capacity to give voice to multiple perspectives is immediately apparent when the content centers on a Greek myth. Pandora, the maligned mythical first woman created by the gods, gets portrayed with both condemnation ("Blast her! / Why, / she opened that darn box, / holding on to hope / alone") and empathy ("Alone, / holding on to hope, / she opened that darn box. …

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