Formal Fluency Mirror Challenge
|Oct 5, 2012
When we write poetry, we're attempting to hold a mirror to our world to explore just what it is we're seeing. Poetry is the lens through which we try to see the world and reconcile it with how we're feeling and what we're thinking about it. It doesn't do much good to see only one part of the world though. Either you're seeing the reflection you create, or you're seeing the world itself, the world beyond the mirror you've created. For this challenge, you're going to look at both the object and its reflection.
Subject: A mirror's reflection. It can be a literal mirror and its reflection (glass, a puddle of water, crystal ball, whatever) or a figurative one ("I see my world echoed back in what people say or do around me").
Style: Specular poetry. I didn't even know what specular poetry was until someone messaged me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I'd heard of it. Basically, specular poetry is just a normal until the midpoint of the poem. From then, every line contained up to the midpoint must be reversed in order. It mirrors the first stanza. The punctuation can be moved around, however, so that you can change the meaning and the sentence structure from that of the first (changing the meaning to the exact opposite if possible).
This is a really tricky concept, so here are a couple of examples:
You only have two stanzas to do this in, but there is no line limit. Make your space count. If you're having trouble, you can head over to the Formal Fluency group discussion and hash it out with your fellow poets. This challenge looks a lot harder than it really is, so put pen to paper and see what happens!
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Entries must be received before midnight of Friday, October 5th (UTC time) and the winner will be announced within one week of that date.
Entries must be specular poems about a mirror, literal or figurative, and its reflection.
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