The list-with-a-twist structure includes a list that turns–or twists–significantly toward the end.
Lots of poems use the list-with-a-twist structure. Many of the poems listed on this blog under other structures also are lists with twists. The poems here exemplify this structure.
Billy Collins makes great use of the turn in his poems, and the list-with-a-twist structure can be found throughout his oeuvre.
“Majority,” by Dana Gioia Also, a poem that makes use of the retrospective-prospective structure.
“Once: An Assay,” by Jane Hirshfield (see p. 5)
“Baghdad Exceeds Its Object,” by Kent Johnson
Please note that the lineation of this version of the poem is off. For an accurate printing of the poem, read it in Kent Johnson’s Lyric Poetry after Auschwitz: Eleven Submissions to the War (Austin, TX: Effing Press, 2005), pp. 28-29, or Homage to the Last Avant-Garde (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2008), pp. 118-19.
“We Are Afraid,” by Jennifer L. Knox (from A Gringo like Me: Poems (Soft Skull, 2005), pp. 45-46).
Notice in Szymborska’s poem the final twist toward speech and the making of poems. This self-referential turn is a feature common of a lot of poems. (Check out the Baudelaire and Kinnell poems here.)