Maureen Thorson’s NaPoWriMo prompt: "Today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that tells a story. But here’s the twist – the story should be told backwards. The first line should say what happened last, and work its way through the past until you get to the beginning."
Robert Lee Brewer’s PAD prompt: "For today’s prompt, take the phrase 'Important (blank),' replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Possible titles could include: 'Important Documents,' 'Important: Read Before Assembling,' 'Important People,' and so on. I hope everyone finds something important to write about today."
Okay, mixing both prompts. Here's a poem about today, an important day all of us — students and faculty alike — have been anticipating.
Important Rewind: Last Day of Class
Jed tells me that when he saw the Brewer prompt, he thought, "Well, I already know my title will be Not Important. Now I just have to think of what the poem is about."
Ven's "Important _____" poem interestingly turns time around but also sets up a diminishing-line structure, reducing by a word per line.
Important but boring backstory to everything else.
Here's Alan's mash-up of the backwards-time/important prompts.
Thanks for the poems, guys! Two days to go. Thanks for checking out our poems, everyone!
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