Poetry by D.W. Walker

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Editing Poetry

In the beginning was a poem,
Neat and pretty in Word,
Each line a paragraph,
Blank lines between stanzas,
And artistically indented asides.

In the middle was a style sheet
That said "this wonít do".
One paragraph per stanza,
Line breaks between lines,
No blank lines,
And for Godís sake, no tabs.

At the end was a gibbering wreck,
Foaming at the mouth,
Editorial desires annihilated,
Ready to stick an em dash
Through each non-conforming poet
And to exterminate every software house
Through targetted computer bombs.

Copyright © D.W. Walker, 2007

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