I cranked out this little sonnet for my students, and thought this would be a good place to share it. If you teach, and would like to use it, go for it! Just please let me know.
Please Don’t Center Poems
Please don’t center your poems. Margin left,
which is natural and easy on eyes.
The lines want to sit over here, chickens
on a perch, together and warm, left left.
Please don’t center your poems, since they are
not greeting cards, nor lyrics. They are not
the lines in the road, sides spaced for cars
to pass through, avoiding the swept clean curbs.
Please don’t center your poems, but feel free
. to play with the spacing a little bit.
. No one will die if a line wanders out
. with purpose: poetry as detective
. seeking answers in wide open danger
who makes it home, safely, or moves way out.
Note: the periods at the beginning of the lines in the last stanza are only to get the spacing to show up on here on WordPress.