Fail softer

Reading my Fail Harder rant, I realized that I had overlooked the defining feature of the palindrome – it is a form of play, a game with words. A serious palindromic poem that overlooks this playfulness is perhaps akin to a clown barking at his audience to stop laughing and listen carefully. So perhaps the ideal palindromic poem is one that possesses that ludic quality while still working as a coherent poem. In that case, I offer these two as exemplars:

Basho’s Bed

Paradise Tossed

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