I was listening to Matthew Dicks, a 5 times winner of the Moth storytelling championship. Not all poems tell a story, but there are elements that cross over, and many poems, particularly narrative [oems, do tell a story. Two things stood out for me in this discussion. First, he said that a good story must be transformative. In other words, it shows how the speaker has been changed by some event and therefore, the listener is changed too. I think this is a great insight and certainly applies to good poetry. The other thing that struck me is when he said you need to know the ending before you start. And in order to demonstrate transformation in the story, he will begin the story with the opposite, or antithesis, of the ending. Now I am sure this can work in a good poem but I am not sure that such a strategy is necessary to write a good poem. What do you think?