List poems are fun because they help the reader process the world in a familiar format. The repetition can really drive home a point, build up detail, lull the reader into a sense of rhythm, and then often in the end line, hits with a twist or a dramatic change in the tone of mood (called a Volta.)
“You don’t know (x) as I know it (x= Sadness? Loneliness?)
Things you are grateful for in a very monotonous setting (Eg, washing up; grateful for the rough side of the sponge. Make details very small and appeal to the senses)
Things they don’t tell you as a kid
How you know when you’re back in ur home town after a long car journey
How you know winter is around the corner
Things that get on your nerves
What are your favourite list poems? Feel free to drop a comment below and share your own!