Poetry Prompt: Mirror Universes


This post is part of a series of weekly found poetry prompts. If you have an idea for a found poetry source, email Senior Poetry Editor Beth Ayer

Some scientific theories say that “while time moves forward in our universe, it may run backwards in another, mirror universe that was created on the ‘other side’ of the Big Bang.” One theory contrasts entropy in the future and in the past, saying that “the future universe will [be] so much more disordered than the past.” (NOVA)

I am not at all confident in my understanding of this information. To access my experience with parallel and mirror universes, my brain reaches towards Star Trek and Seinfeld. I’m pretty sure both are useful though.

Prompt: In the NOVA article I’ve linked to twice already, we are asked to imagine the far future as “our deepest past,” and a universe mirroring ours in which time runs backwards. Read that and/or contemplate time running opposite from the way we perceive it. Read “Theories of Time and Space” by Natasha Tretheway. Make of it what you will. Select a source text (a poem or other text) and create a mirror universe for that text.


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