Folding Mirror Poetry: “In a Nutshell”   7 comments

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I discovered this form of poetry on a fellow blogger’s site (Marc Latham). It sounds like a lot of fun to write.

In a comment Marc sent to me, he describes the creative writing form as  “Palindrome mirror poetry(that) has been around for a long time, but hopefully the Folding Mirror is different enough to be a new form in its own right, as explained by Caroline Gill…”

“Poem Structure

The poem mirrors either in the mirroring lines either side of the middle, with a word count of:
5-9-7-6-5-6-4-3 (6) 3-4-6-5-6-7-9-5″ as stated on Marc Latham’s site.

Here is a folding mirror poem that Marc Latham wrote:

Our Land and Wonderland Above and Below the Rabbit Hole

world of order with antipodies
food clearly labelled so you know what it is
walk in straight lines and follow signs
which way, makes sense, linear lines
laws maintain straight and narrow
formal protocol for you to follow
people work to time
regular clockwork chime

another world down the rabbit hole

it’s mad-hatter’s luck
time does not work
cheshire cat lost grin mouse tailcity
reverse expected abnormality to normality
no rules, rules are, inverted showing
turn away to get where you’re going
don’t eat with expectation that it is what sees
wonderland is full of antipathies

Check out Marc’s blog posts and learn more at:

Folding Mirror Poetry: Alice in Wonderland Poem:

Folding Mirror Poetry: Rainbow Roy G Biv Anagram Reflections Mirror Poem:

Folding Mirror Poetry: Zen Zebra Descartes Mirror Image Poem:


7 responses to “Folding Mirror Poetry: “In a Nutshell”

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  2. Ledia, thanks for the nice feature, and enjoy the day. Marc.

    • I love seeing and reading about new ideas. Your Folding Mirror Poetry is that to me. I can’t wait to share it with as many readers and fellow poets that wish to read and hear about it.

      My favorite poetry to write is haiku. I love its simplistic richness. But now that I have discovered Folding Mirror Poetry, I want to try creating one of my own.

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  4. Good to find Marc’s Folding Mirror Poetry here. You might be interersted, Ledia, to read my post on ‘The Book of Forms: A Handbook of Poetics Including Odd and Invented Forms’ (University Press of New England) by Professor Lewis Turco. It includes Marc’s FMP … with examples by Claire Knight (international Haiku winner) and me. I’ll add a link to this page from my blog …

    • I would love to read your post, Caroline. I am so fascinated with folding mirror poetry. My favorite form of poetry is haiku, but I could come to adore FMP just as much. I love that it has a middle line that is a pivot point just before it mirrors the first section of the poem in the lines below. Thank you so much for stopping by. Hope to see more of you.

  5. Whoops, that should read ‘interested’! Sorry.

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