Poem Shells —
Joseph Osel

when writing a poem
it is always better
to write the end first

this is because the
end of the poem is the
last thing you read
and should be the
of your point
or hypothesis

if the poem is long this is especially important because most people have very short attention spans and cannot remember the beginning of anything once they reach the end of that thing and then the meaning can and will be lost forever

if many useful ideas
flood your head
in the beginning of your process
it is best to use those
ideas for the end of the poem

if your ideas come into your mind
in the opposite direction
I suggest writing the
end of the poem last -
as to maximize the

if you have no
poem ideas in the first place
don’t try to force it
you’re already on
the right track

Joseph Osel is an editor and writer.