On Fixing Sentences

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Hendrika Antonia (Henny) van Diest bid.igavelauctions.com

Editors I’ve known
have no respect for poetry
guided as they are by rules of style
addicted like accountants to their abici
when it comes to any punctuation
wanting rough for my ruff
while playing tough

For reason’s sake
they red`pencil thoughts
they’ve never thought themselves
the static rhythms of their left brains
pulses of the catatonic drummers
zoned on too much speed
to see the cataracts

Their eyes wrinkle
at the sight of any verse
fixated as they are on the letters
the words which are as undiagramable
as dead cows washing ashore at
flood`tide from the sea
without pastures

“I have fixed more sentences than most people
have read in their lives.” ~ Robert Gottlieb, Editor


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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4 Responses to On Fixing Sentences

  1. poetry editor strikes me as an oxymoron – sort of like a principled politician

    Liked by 1 person

  2. kiwiskan says:

    No-one should try to ‘edit’ poetry…

    Liked by 1 person

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