I think you see yourself as a principled wordsmith so I hope you will leave this reply on your site so others can judge whether I really misrepresented your poem.
I do, I will, and they can.
Below is my full introduction to your poem from chapter 12 of The Hollow Men. Readers will see that I did not in the slightest suggest it was you writing about Don Brash.
I would have thought “Four verses can serve as a tribute to Brash’s years as National Party leader. It is fitting that Ansell, who nearly got him into power, provides a well-crafted epitaph.” was more than a slight suggestion.
I explained it was part of a poem written generally about politicians from before you began working for Brash (note the “can serve as”, not “was written as”).
A fine legal distinction that Winston would be proud of.
Also, as anyone can read, I explained that it was part of fourteen-verse poem.
Yes you did.
I did not pretend that the four verses were a consecutive whole.
You printed them consecutively!
That’s all you needed to do to create your desired false impression. Who would assume they were not consecutive?
A ‘principled wordsmith’ would have inserted dots or a footnote to make it clear they were not consecutive in the original.
Here it is:
“A month before Ansell decided to return to advertising to help Brash, he published a book of poetry including a long fourteen-verse poem about politicians called “Political careering”. Four verses can serve as a tribute to Brash’s years as National Party leader. It is fitting that Ansell, who nearly got him into power, provides a well-crafted epitaph.”
Yes, it was cheeky to use your words to write about Brash.
I don’t mind a bit of cheek directed my way. (How could I with my track record?!)
But I did not misrepresent what I was doing nor misrepresent what your poem is about.
Well, let’s see…