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I just received my copy of a magazine that published my poem. It was a limerick- and they left off the last line.!
It does still make some sense, but anyone reading it and recognizing it as a limerick is left hanging. 
I guess they didn't like the last line.

Oh, well.  I will get over it.
#1 - February 14, 2020, 11:10 AM

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Aw, that really stinks! You'd think they'd notice if the last line of a limerick was missing...
#2 - February 14, 2020, 12:04 PM

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Good grief, didn't they notice?
#3 - February 14, 2020, 03:25 PM
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What a disappointment!  That's awful.
#4 - February 14, 2020, 03:43 PM

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Oh, Cindy! I'm so sorry.   :green  That's just really yucky. A magazine that I used to write a lot of short poems for would often change some of my lines and I wouldn't know it until I opened up my author's copy. Their changes often meant the meter was no longer right and I would cringe. I hated that people reading my poems might think I didn't know better.  So I understand your frustrations.

Hugs to you.  :hug
#5 - February 14, 2020, 05:48 PM

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I'm actually surprised this is allowable. In book publishing the editor lets you know and it's a back and forth.
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Are you sure it wasn't a printing error? I might ask. I'm glad the poem does still make sense. But I hear you on limericks being a set thing.

Mirka, some magazines note that they can change work without author approval in their contracts. It's usually because of the rush to go to press and layout space. (I've even had this in work-for-hire books though the effect isn't as damaging to the piece).
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That's pretty blah. Onward and upward.
#8 - February 15, 2020, 12:36 AM
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I'm so sorry this happened. I feel your pain. Years ago, a local group asked me to contribute to a small booklet they were publishing. I had been burned before in this sort of setting so I politely declined. They kept asking, so I finally gave in and sent them a sonnet. When the booklet was published, the editor had divided my sonnet into three four-line stanzas with a separate rhyming couplet at the end. Great big spaces between the stanzas and couplet. Because I am normally fairly laid back about things like this, I was amazed at my personal indignation at what he had done. I felt humiliated and outraged. I know that sounds so over-the-top, but, really, How Dare He? I'm laughing at myself as I write this, but I can still feel a twinge of humiliation about the whole thing.

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I suspect that was a copy editing error or printing mistake because a magazine that publishes limericks would be aware that yours is incomplete. That's a bummer, though. Probably your poem is missing its most humorous line.

I had a humour contest entry edited into blandness once. I won honorable mention, but the editor apparently didn't get half of the two-joke humour and deleted it. (Do we have a tearing-one's-hair-out emoticon?)
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 (Do we have a tearing-one's-hair-out emoticon?)

We need that, because the closest is---   :groan :grrr
#12 - February 15, 2020, 01:38 PM
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That happened to me with a poem I had published in Pockets. Totally removed the first line and made it the poem title. Wasn't the same after that...

I also shudder with what Bumples did to one of my poems (which after about 3 years, I still haven't been paid for). Typos galore and clip art that was clearly lifted off another website (complete with copyright symbols). Never again. I don't ever mention that poem when I list my works published. I'll vent about it here, but otherwise I like to pretend that never happened.
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It's happened with a couple of my poems in magazines. It changed the imagery in one and ruined the meter in another. I guess it's a fairly common practice when they own the copyright, but it is upsetting.  :hug
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It's happened with a couple of my poems in magazines. It changed the imagery in one and ruined the meter in another. I guess it's a fairly common practice when they own the copyright, but it is upsetting.  :hug

It is upsetting. Your name is attached to something you did not write and do not approve of. When it happened to me, I kept thinking What will people think of me? I was embarrassed to have my name attached to something that looked shoddy  and/or ignorant.

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It's happened with a couple of my poems in magazines. It changed the imagery in one and ruined the meter in another. I guess it's a fairly common practice when they own the copyright, but it is upsetting.  :hug

This. I think in this day and age of emails and pdfs it's not a hardship to send a galley proof, even if you sell all rights. It's courtesy. And helpful to catch errors.
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I actually had an editor change my poem AFTER they had sent me the galley proofs.  The galley proofs were great, but then someone decided to change my verse in the published version.
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Thank you all for commiserating with me! It's so nice to have understanding fellow writers.
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