Happy 28th! Day of NaPoWriMo and GloPoWriMo, everyone. Including today, we’ve just got three days left. If you’ve kept up all this time – kudos!

Our featured participant today is erbiage, where the long-lined poem for Day 27 is a wonderfully claustrophobic account of a data center.

Today’s poet in translation is Brazil’s Marcio-Andre, who is also a visual and sound artist. The lines of his poems are spaced across the page, forcing the reader’s eye to jump restlessly from place to place, while providing a visual sense of airy openness. You can find fourteen of his poems at the link above.

And now, for our prompt (optional, as always). 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. Now, the story doesn’t have to be complicated (it’s probably better if it isn’t)! Here’s a little example I just made up:

The Story of a Day

She lay her head down on the table.
She climbed the stairs to her room and sat down.
The afternoon of the boarding house was cool and dusty.
She walked home slowly, watching the sun settle on brick walls and half-kept gardens.
Work lasted many hours. Office lights buzzing with a faint, mad hum.
Breakfast was a small miracle.
She thought it a wonder, as always, that she’d woken up at all.

Well, that’s kind of unsettling! But I think it works as a poem. Maybe you’ll have better luck working backwards toward a happy beginning. Happy writing!

 

82 Responses to Day Twenty-Eight

  1. J Luukkonen says:

    On prompt! Wish I wasn’t so tired…but here’s what came out. :D

    “Heartbeat Compass”
    http://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/143516155917/heartbeat-compass

  2. Posting in a couple of hours…

    Not exactly a story, but I did take what I had written and reverse the order of the lines:

    https://ordinaryaveragethoughts.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/national-poetry-writing-month-day-28/

  3. […] as a nonet for NaPoWriMo where the prompt challenges us to write a poem that tells a story, but with the twist that the […]

  4. […] NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 28 was to write a story […]

  5. M.A. Fox says:

    I kept it simple today with a little poem about tattooing.

    http://www.mafoxauthor.com/napowrimo-day-28-backwards/

  6. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem that tells a story backwards. I did that, sort of—I wrote my poem, then […]

  7. […] For today’s prompt, click here. […]

  8. […] Happy 28th! Day of NaPoWriMo […]

  9. I didn’t think I was going to do this one, but I’m quite pleased with what came out.
    https://janedougherty.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/napowrimo-filling-the-space/

  10. […] tricky one today for NaPoWriMo. We are to tell a story – backwards! Now, I wanted to write a limerick for this one as we […]

  11. Angela says:

    I’m off prompt because there’s an unknown painting I really wanted to share with you today. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to write a poem inspired by it. The poem is messing with angels, so please don’t read it if such a thing might offend you: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/wounded-angel/

    If you want to skip the poem and only look at the painting, here it is: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hugo_Simberg_-_The_Wounded_Angel_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg

  12. Eric Erb says:

    so this is what came out: https://erbiage.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/noinuer/
    are these poems like invert sugar?
    This one hits a number of the recent challenges all at once. Quite by accident.

  13. Mar Claudrin says:

    I found the only way I could do this was by writing my poem out, then copying it again line by line beginning with the last one. What pleasantly surprised me was the fact the poem actually reads quite well from both directions. So thank you very much for this upside down prompt :) xx

    http://notesfromabinbag.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/robber-girl-in-love.html

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  16. […] Here’s for a backward-story poem prompt: […]

  17. Angela says:

    I’m off prompt because there’s an unknown painting I really wanted to share with you today. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to write a poem inspired by it. The poem is messing with angels, so please don’t read it if such a thing might offend you: https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/wounded-angel/

  18. […] from the notebook for today’s prompt – a day turned upside down.  Written one way then falling backwards, grasping onto words […]

  19. Pat R says:

    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/xyz-of-it/

    Here’s my entry for today, keeping with my theme…a haiku.

  20. […] Day 28 of NaPoWriMo looks for a poem that tells a story but is written in reverse.  I tried to make a poem that worked either direction.  In my case, my original poem takes me from waking to work.  But in reverse, I rush home for a meal, quiet time, a shower and bed.  I tried to be clever by reversing the title, too. […]

  21. Gene says:

    https://genesmusings.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/life-the-in-day/

    Hope you enjoyed it.
    Published my poem.
    Edited and reviewed it.
    Wrote my poem.
    Woke up.

  22. […] Prompt today called to write a story backwards. Here’s […]

  23. Grace says:

    https://pensandcastlesonacloud.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/napowrimo-day-28-backwards-view/
    Here’s mine! I really loved this prompt. ALso, I can’t believe I’ve managed to write a poem every single day of April so far. Here’s to two more!

  24. […] 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. Now, the story doesn’t have to be complicated (it’s probably better if it isn’t)! […]

  25. […] prompt from Maureen was to write a story backwards. She recommended not making it […]

  26. And kudos to you for creating this event year after year! :)

    This prompt helped me see some parts of my poetic style that I’ve never seen before, such as writing expressions backwards haha My poem isn’t exactly a story. It’s just a recollection of how I created my old paintings.

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2016/04/napowrimo-2016-28th-day_28.html

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  28. This one was a doozie to write! I’ll be interested to see how others solved the problem of punctuation and capital letters. Here’s mine: https://judydykstrabrown.com/2016/04/28/earned-solitude/

  29. Pelican1 says:

    I wasn’t satisfied with how this came out backwards so I just posted it “frontwards”: https://misspelicansperch.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/napowrimo-28-going-forward-with-rilke/

  30. […] NaPoWriMo prompt today is to write a story in reverse. I couldn’t help but turn each line of this […]

  31. On prompt today with a semi-autobiographical story in reverse. It was good to start with the ending. :)

    https://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/set-free/

  32. […] Today’s poetry prompt: a story – told backwards. […]

  33. Catherine says:

    I can’t believe there are only 2 days left! Thanks so much for all the prompts :) It’s been an amazing journey!

    Here is my entry for today:
    https://cmjamesauthor.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/napowrimo-day-28/
    (I was blogging at aspotteddeer, but I’ve just switched things over to this site)

  34. […] of my fellow NaPoWriMo participants is Sandra Conner. She is writing a Cinquain each day for the month of April. I decided […]

  35. Bryan Ens says:

    I couldn’t think of a way to answer today’s prompt, so I’ve written a cinquain instead. https://quest4peas.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/napowrimo-day-28-cinquain/

  36. Mine might be a bit off prompt—but it’s the best I could do as being a forward thinking person I am not good at writing backwards.:) “Now and Then” Shadorma poem–https://leonaslines.com/2016/04/28/now-and-then-2/

  37. Vin says:

    Just a poetical story of how you end up where you wanted to be and yet you end up confused, if this is where you wanted to be. Um, the story is confusing and the person narrating the story is also confused. With all hopes, the reader wont be as confused as me. :)

    http://vinlitevin.com/maybe-poetry/chaotic-life/

  38. […] says to write backwards for Day 28, […]

  39. Kiana Donae says:

    I’ve been off my game this month, but thank you for hosting this every year.

    Here is my story…

    https://poetkianadonaeblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/day-28-napowrimo-2016/

  40. First pass, still needing some tweaks:

    last night my little flashlight caught the world
    ablaze with diamonds, but now all is gold

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14187

  41. David Ellis says:

    I’ve used the prompt and written a tragic tale of unrequited love that doesn’t turn out as intended. I’ve written it backwards but it also kind of makes sense if you read it forwards too!

    https://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/28/napowrimo-day-28-what-could-be-so-important-by-david-ellis/

  42. Vijaya says:

    Hi dear NaPoWriMo friends,

    Here’s my backwards-story-poem for Day 28:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/28/song-of-freedom/

    Cheers,
    Vijaya
    (Dreamer of Dreams)

  43. Katie Staten says:

    https://krstaten.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/napowrimo-28/

    Didn’t adhere even a little bit to the prompt, but oh well. My brain felt like something different.

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  50. Lori Gomez says:

    The Guarani people’s plight is real. They live in Paraguay, Argentina & Brazil and are losing their lands and their lives… the legend I created isn’t, not as such. Although there are many indigenous tribes in South America with similar folkloric tales of caution and creation, there is no El Lunario in any of them. Now, this is written in a way that lovingly pokes fun at the hyperbolic language and the impossible circumstances and all the Freudian undertones found in most myths, but I mean it respectfully… I adore them.

    This isn’t really a poem, it’s a myth, though the prose is lyrical. It is written in reverse, however, I made my first stanza/paragraph my last & so on & so on. I want to do it with something shorter now so I can just reverse the lines. It’s such an interesting thing to do. Like the movie Memento! ;) Cheers, y’all. Thanks for the grand prompt.

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/el-lunario-napowrimo-day-28/

  51. […] Day 28 of NaPoWriMo 2016. Today’s prompt was to write a poem that tells a story, but with a twist – “the story […]

  52. Well, I posted this earlier in the evening yesterday, and thought I posted it here too. Anyway, on prompt, sort of: https://lylannemusselman.wordpress.com/2016/04/28/napowrimo-28-telling-a-story/

  53. […] challenge for Day 28 of Na/GloPoWriMo2016 is to write a poem that tells a story backwards. The first line should say what happened last, and […]

  54. […] one was written with the NaPoWriMo prompt in mind – where the poem should tell a story and to be written in reverse. I tried to make […]

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