Drawn Inward and Other Poems

Drawn Inward and Other Poems


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Drawn Inward and Other Poems by Mike Maguire

Drawn Inward is a collection of poetry by Mike Maguire comprising four sections: Palindromes, in which the letters of each poem run in the same sequence backwards as they do forwards; Charades, in which each poem is spelled the same as the one next to it; Word Palindromes, in which the words of each poem run in the same sequence backwards as they do forwards; and Poems about trains.

The poems are beautiful, humorous, and transcendent. Arguably some of the most exquisite palindromes ever written in English find their place nestled among equally gorgeous poems written in less familiar forms, showing that, even with poetry, perfection is possible. Maguire's wildly successful formal experiments ensure the palindrome its rightful place as a poetic form. An example is the book's opening palindrome:

Same nice cinemas,
same nice cafe.

We talk late.

We face cinemas.
Same nice cinemas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780972424431
Publisher: Spineless Books
Publication date: 12/28/2003
Pages: 42
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)

About the Author

Mike Maguire sometimes takes photos in his home city of Washington, DC, and cowrote the 2012 feature film Ultrasonic. His first full-length novel, Three Days Breathing, was published in electronic form in January 2016. The latest print edition of his book of palindrome-based poetry, Drawn Inward, was nearly twenty years in the making and published in June of 2016. He is slated to compete in the 2017 World Palindrome Championship. When he's not writing, he enjoys terribly loud music, as well as wandering through cities and the occasional forest.

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