I beheaded a word
in trying to modify it for the better:
A sudden detachment of a letter-limb.
A good intention ending in
orthographic disaster.

The ‘v’, shocked,
severed with the presence of a ‘p’,
a bilabial blade,
stares at the rest of its mutated corpse: ‘iolence’.

Ticking like a death knell,
the cursor hovers over
the consonantal carnage:
‘vpiolence’ .

The sentence grieves.

Christy Callaway-Gale

The Poor Print

Established in 2013, The Poor Print is the student-run newspaper of Oriel College, Oxford. Written by members of the JCR, MCR, SCR and staff, new issues are published fortnightly during term. Our current Executive Editors are Siddiq Islam and Jerric Chong.

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