A note on poetry and indents

In my former job, I was an editor. I created a lot of macros in Word to process manuscripts more quickly. Where is this going, you might ask? Well, I had a “Eureka!” moment last night, when I was thinking about how to indent poetry.

If you look at my previous post/poem, you will notice that I “indented” it. It’s really quite easy, if you have a white background. (Calen of Impromptu Promptlings – I hope you can do the same, but with yellow, since you have a yellow background.)

So here’s a stanza of my poem, as first published.

The grind –
day after day,
resume after resume,
I submit;
yet no one is interested.
And at the precipice I stand.

I wanted to insert indents, but as you know, WordPress doesn’t allow you to insert an indent with spaces.

So I did this:

The grind –
—– day after day,
—– resume after resume,
—– I submit;
yet no one is interested.
And at the precipice I stand.

The dashes are really hyphens. Again, if you look at my revised post, you cannot see the dashes. Why? I highlighted them and made them white by using the font color option (you may have to press “toolbar toggle” in the “new editor” version to get the option for font color).

Here are the dashes, in white:

The grind –
—– day after day,
—– resume after resume,
—– I submit;
yet no one is interested.
And at the precipice I stand.

If you highlight the lines with your cursor, you can still see that the hyphens are there, but they are not visible. Those blogs with a different background color might need to use that color (such as yellow) to “hide” the hyphens. And, you don’t need to use hyphens – you could use any character to “indent.”

I hope this helps y’all. If something is not clear, please let me know. My apologies if this is something that’s been re-hashed!