Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Exclamation Mark, Part One

The absence of an exclamation mark –
where clearly there’s an exclamation,
of joy, surprise, of something of that ilk –
marks, with invisibility: restraint,
or, better still, the writer’s ironic
detachment from said exclamation.

You think I’m going to end this minor point,
this little observation, with a pithy,
obvious exclamation, leaving out
the exclamation mark, to show ironic
detachment on my part. But that would be
expected; too expected. How about
I put one where it shouldn’t be? Like this!

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