The simplistic shorthand appears
at first as mistake. Smashup
of arc and line questions its exclamation
just enough so one feels coaxed.
One reads it as insistence,
as style: the lure of an Aston
with the wreck of a bus.
One is pressed to buy
whatever they are selling—
detergent, weed killer, Jamaica—
to swill whatever's in the cup.
And how easily it goes
down, how sweet. One forgets
to sip politely and gulps instead.
One is eager to hear what one wants.
We are all movie stars. We are
all beautiful. We are all liars
trying to get away with it.
Learn more about the interrobang, a punctuation mark created by an ad man in 1966, [here].