Why aren’t more poets writing palindromes? In fact, why aren’t more dietitians and shoe salesman writing palindromes?
I’ll tell you why — because of the fucking Internet! Certain obsessive websites have compiled such intimidating palindromes that most amateurs take one gander and give up!
I warn you, stay away from www.fun-with-words.com, with such showy confections as:
A man, a plan, a canoe, pasta, heros, rajahs, a coloratura, maps, snipe, percale, macaroni, a gag, a banana bag, a tan, a tag, a banana bag again (or a camel), a crepe, pins, Spam, a rut, a Rolo, cash, a jar, sore hats, a peon, a canal Panama!
But I refuse to be silenced, by the self-proclaimed palindrome pashas! Why, just three days ago I wrote:
Peel’s Royal Pizza; Jazz I play, or sleep.
Gradually, I am discovering my own style as a palindromist. For one thing, I have an interest in politics:
Wed not Sis, Bush! Subsist on dew.
Also, I obsess on somewhat outdated pop bands:
Seek no Monkees.
And I show a willingness to go beyond “normal” syntax:
Naples Aesop xenon Expos easel pan
Plus I compose the rare two-word sentence (usually imperative):
“Hey, you’re right! I want to start inventing palindromes right away!” I hear you enthuse. Well, a good place to begin is with “artificial palindromes”. These are phrases which may be reversed without the average reader noticing. For example:
Never say this aloud: “Duo lasih tyas reven”!
My favorite Welsh village is Iegallivhslewetirovafym.
So get started! And send those 21st-century palindromes to me at