you can all but hear the sneer
in the ink when a ruffled free verse detractor
quips it’s just chopped-up prose,
apparently assuming the original
prose so chopped plainly adhered as all
prose ought to adhere to the school
or more like preachers preaching that none shall
construct any other sentence
but a short and snappy sentence. It’s a bit
like saying hash browns are just shredded potatoes.
And what kind of barbarian would dare
slice a tomato to go on a sandwich?