Questions about formatting poetry or Venting

There is nothing even remotely creative about this post.  In posting my most recent word chords poem, I discovered that these poems were not showing up with the correct formatting when I publish them.  Spaces between stanzas disappeared and worse the formatting of the ‘chords.’  I put the poems on center and it was a bit better but still not how they’re ‘supposed’ to be.  Any thoughts?  I looked in help but didn’t see anything helpful.

About Winding Stream Press

Janice DeRuiter Eskridge, M.F.A. is a poet who worked for over a decade as a poet-teacher for California Poets in the Schools. Helen Shoemaker, Ph.D. L.M.F.T. is a university professor who teaches in the areas of child development and counseling. She is also a therapist in private practice.
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2 Responses to Questions about formatting poetry or Venting

  1. I have never found WP to be format friendly. But I do see a variety of formats on other WP sites so there must be a way to make it work. You could try formatting the poem in Word and maybe it will transfer with a copy and paste. Have you tried Googling ‘formatting on WP’? Maybe some genius has it figured out and put up video on Youtube.

  2. OK, I Googled. Whoa! There’s a whole world of frustrated poets out there. The solutions are complicated! It seems HTML doesn’t like anything with more than two spaces in a row. And Word has all this complicated code stuff you can’t see that goofs up formatting if you copy and paste. There is a tool in the second line-click on the kitchen sink icon–that supposedly takes out Word’s crazy stuff. So I’m about to try!

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