John Henrick


The concept of digital verse was defined and the possibility demonstrated a year ago in the February 1983 Word Ways. The utilization of digits and arithmetic operators to encrypt a limerick was conceived by Leigh Mercer and displayed most ingeniously in an example published by Maxey Brooke in Word Ways in the February 1980 issue. The example of digital verse consisted of a single stanza which was, in fact, a palindrome, but not, alas, a limerick. And, although Leigh Mercer's limerick was a marvel of conciseness in its adroit use of integers and mathematical symbols, it did not exemplify a purely digital verse form.