I’ve been wondering about the use of any/all punctuation; as you point out, maybe it’s unnecessary…
Hawkins DeKoskie
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Yes, that’s a good point. Traditional language rules like punctuation and capitalization are fun to play with. Sometimes even within the same poem. Of course the poster boy for stripped down words is probably e.e. cummings (always written without caps). Powerful words with minimal presentation.

I find myself sometimes liking punctuation for imposing some flow and structure into a piece; doling out the words as I want them to be consumed. Yet, other times I like a totally punctuation-free structure to let the reader decide where the groupings should be.

Of course, Medium isn’t very friendly to us poets in terms of letting us play with structure. Maybe someday we’ll be able to more easily use white-space on this platform.

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