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Blog Posted:8/13/2013 5:08:00 PM




I am in serious need of advice/instruction for using “Post a Poem.”

I want to enter Broken Wings’ “Creative Layouts” contest, and have designed two layouts in MS Word. After months of experimenting I cannot figure out how to format a poem other than right justified or centered. I know it is possible to post poems in unique shapes, a bottle for example, but the “Post a Poem” area is far from intuitive.

I have tried numerous ways to copy from Word and paste into the “Post” window, including the Design Mode portion. The text NEVER looks the way it is supposed to, and is usually radically altered.

I am an experienced PhotoShop user, so I shouldn’t have problems with this. However, I am baffled by Poetry Soup’s posting application. I am in need of instructions and/or advice. Any help will be appreciated.

































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  1. Date: 3/19/2014 9:52:00 AM
    When it comes to the formatting I don't have a clue. Good luck Jack.

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  1. Date: 8/14/2013 1:48:00 PM
    perhaps you can get a template from google?... i just experiment and realize i made it, but can never get back to the layout again!.. best to you and huggs!..:)

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  1. Date: 8/14/2013 1:17:00 AM
    Hi. I have done a few but had to fiddle with them using the space bar, its a right pain. If you get them perfect in photoshop it doesnt work, I know I have tried. Sorry cant help you Jack, but would love to know....Seren

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  1. Date: 8/13/2013 10:30:00 PM
    Jack, I don't know how the heck I did it, but I managed to space mine out for that one contest asking for unusual patterns. I just can't remember how I did it. I believe I put it at Soup in "normal" format and then I played around with it inside of the box here at Soup. I don't remember having to put a period like Ruben says to do. I am not computer savvy at all so I feel like I got really lucky posting my poem!! Good luck with yours.

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  1. Date: 8/13/2013 5:40:00 PM
    I had the same problem Jack. I would produce it on word, then copy and paste and it was all screwed up--sort of like the movie "The Fly". But like Ruben says (sort of)--Type your lines then put your curser at the start and you can push it with the space bar and pull it with the back bar. The other little clever things are done like on an old typewriter L S I I K H E---------T What's weird, however, is that when you post it, it still get's a little screwed up sometime so you have to play with it some between the edit and update--hard to get perfect though.

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    cornish Avatar craig cornish Date: 8/13/2013 5:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    This blog thing is a pain too because it puts everything in a straight line in comments so sorry about the gobblygook in the middle
  1. Date: 8/13/2013 5:27:00 PM
    Type a period ( . ) and use the space bar in the first line... then, just use the space bar. Check my poems, particularly those written in shape/concrete form.

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