Why Does Medium Hate Poetry?

Dear Medium and Medium Staff and Your Friends @ Medium , Do you have any idea how frustrating it is to try to post poetry here on Medium? I’m particularly speaking about poetry that is written elsewhere and not typed directly into Medium.

I do all my writing in a plain text editor. When I want to post something on Medium I write it in my usual manner and then paste it into Medium. This works fine for prose but it does not work for poetry or any other writing that requires soft line breaks. Any attempt to paste poetry into Medium results in this:

line 1

line 2

line 3

instead of this:

line 1
line 2
line 3

Composing in Medium isn’t a solution! For starters, I often write when I’m not online. Also, I simply prefer to write in another app. Further, I have written many, many poems long before Medium existed! I would like to post some of these poems here. But I can’t unless I want to spend a lot of time re-writing them in Medium’s editor. Frankly, this sucks.

This is not a minor issue. I have seen many complaints about this for as long as I’ve been on Medium.

Will this shortcoming ever be addressed?

dilettante, poet, invocateur, acccidental yogi and dabbler in patamysticism which is the spiritual branch of pataphysics. linktr.ee/patamystic

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