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  Sunday, July 03, 2005

Poem 419

Crooked Timber says,

"Teresa Nielsen Hayden attempted to write a poem so bad that the International Library of Poetry would neither declare it a semifinalist in one of their bogus contests, nor offer to publish it in anthologies. She finally succeeded, by the device of taking a Miriam Abacha 419-scam letter and introducing line-breaks. The comments thread has now exploded, with the Abacha scam being rendered in many different poetic forms and styles: Shakespearean sonnet, haiku, limerick, Gilbert & Sullivan lyric, Allen Ginsberg ... Check it out!"

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At 7/03/2005 7:18 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

If poetry were music, I would be considered to be tone deaf. It's a little embarrassing to admit, but to my ears, all poetry sounds like that. I simply don't get it. Is there a cure for my affliction or will I continue to suffer the curse of living in my own little world bereft of poetry? :)

At 7/04/2005 12:38 PM, Blogger dkgoodman said...

I never liked classical music until I listened to it enough to "get it". One thing that helps is listening to "the good stuff". There's lots of poetry I don't like.

Or, you can treat poetry the way I treat opera... as something to avoid, and let others enjoy. :)

At 7/04/2005 1:34 PM, Blogger Melissa said...

Ooh, now opera, that's something I love. Classical music, too. My parents have no idea how that happened since they dislike both and never played it.

My great-grandfather was a concert pianist. I never met him, but perhaps I inherited my interest from him, but none of the talent. :)

At 7/05/2005 9:56 AM, Blogger Mary said...

That was hilarious.
I particularly liked the William Carlos Williams rip-off poem (This Is Just To Tell You) in the comments. Ha!

Haven't been here in a while and I see you have a spiffy new background and new profile pic(s) and stuff. Nice.


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