NaPoWriMo Prompt – Day 11 (Opposite)

By on Apr 11, 2014 in Blog

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What’s the opposite of absolutely everything? This exercise will encourage you to figure it out:

  • Choose a poem from Wild Violet or another source. Then write an “opposite” version of it, where you substitute each word in the original with a word meaning the opposite. Last year, I wrote an opposite version of an e.e. cummings poem, which I titled, “hate is less thin than remember.”

If you like, share a link to your poem in the comments below. (Remember, if you choose to paste the entire poem into the comments, poems that appear in the comments are not considered published in Wild Violet.)


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry and infrequently keeps an online journal. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags ; her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, and her newest poetry collection, Owning the Ghosts, can all be ordered from her Web site, In late 2019, she published a volume of poetry by her third great-grandfather, Reading's Physician Poet: Poems by Dr. James Meredith Mathews, which also contains genealogical information about the Mathews family. She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative son, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.