Powerful poem can be read two ways

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Poetry is an incredibly powerful and complex form of expression. It is an art, and to do it well is no easy task.

So when fellow blogger and educator, Shaelynn Farnsworth, shared this video with me, I was blown away.

It was written in a “read-and-reverse pattern,” according to aWikipedia entry about it.

The big reason I liked it was that the message it carried the first time through was completely turned on its head when it was read in reverse. I didn’t see that coming, and I enjoyed the surprise.

At first, the message was depressing, but at the end I was left inspired that our society isn’t screwed.

Also, I found myself wondering how one creates this kind of piece. I mean, think about how much foresight it takes to phrase everything just so in order for it to work in reverse too.

Could this be a good way to introduce poetry to students? You better believe it.

This actually makes me want to try my hand at writing more poetry. As you know, I’m working on becoming a novelist by publishing my first book, but being a poet too couldn’t hurt.

Here’s the video. Watch it and let me know what you think in the comments.

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Todd R. Vogts, MJE, is an assistant professor of media at Sterling College in Kansas. Previously, he taught yearbook, newspaper, newsmagazine, and online journalism in various Kansas high schools, and he ran a weekly newspaper in rural Kansas. He continues to freelance as a professional journalist from time to time. Also, Vogts is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Journalism Education Association, among others. When he’s not teaching or writing, he runs his mobile disk jockey service and takes part in other entrepreneurial ventures. He can be reached at twitter.com/toddvogts or via his website at www.toddvogts.com.

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