Fans of fairy tales, and fans of poetry are in for a double helping of fun with Marilyn Singer’s beautiful new book: Follow, Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems.
What is a “reverso poem”? It is a form of poetry where the poem is presented forward, and then backward, where the last line is read first. Changing nothing but the punctuation, the sentences still make sense, but often tell a very different story!
All kinds of poets have used this style, including Dr. Seuss.
Marilyn Singer shares the first reverso she ever wrote, about her cat August:
A cat Incomplete:
without A chair
a chair: without
Incomplete. a cat.
Follow, Follow is Singer’s SECOND collections of fairy tale poems. It includes stories from Aladdin, the Little Mermaid, The Three Little Pigs, and Puss in Boots, among others.
Her first book in this style came out in 2010, and it titled Mirror, Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse. You’ll find that each poem in this book is also a fairy tale. Read one way, it tells one side of the story (Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Goldilocks), and then read backwards it tells the other side of the story (The Wicked Step Mother, The Big Bad Wolf, The Prince, The Three Bears).
Singer’s words are wonderful, and placed beside charming illustrations by Josee Masse, the stories they tell are truly magical.
Even readers who don’t generally like poetry will be enchanted by these books. They may even inspire you to write your OWN reverse poem! Enjoy, Enjoy!