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B Is for Bad Poetry Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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Let me explain. (I promise not to uncover all the poetic gems). On page five, I was treated to "A Beginner's Guide to Mediocrity" (one of the things I am completely scared of becoming). The last stanza was "Don't bother getting out of bed...The world is crowded enough...without you and your big ideas." I ask you, how frightening is that? For someone with very large ideas, like myself, I shook from that paragraph as much as when Norman Bates was playing dress-up in his mother's clothes.
I went further and opened another door to a poem titled, "Motto". Short, sweet, and to the point. This poem really fits the moments in life when you try with all your might to tell your boss you need a raise. He nods his head in understanding. His paycheck has gotten smaller btoo ecause there's just not enough in the company's coffers right now. He continues by saying that he'd like to discuss this more indepth with you, but he has to get up to his summer house to make sure the new builders have installed the hot tub properly.
You can even go back to your happy, jolly school days with a poem in this book titled, "College Notebook." As my senior daughter is graduating next May, I thought long and hard on this one.Read more ›
Russell's approach to poetry mirrors my own. I once wrote a poem about lemurs after being specifically requested to do so, though my effort pales next to the grace, dignity, and poise present in all of Russell's works. I have several favorites in this collection, notably "How to Save a Tangerine From Suffering", "The Trouble With Starfish", and "Plate Tectonics and Us". But perhaps her most sublime wisdom can be found in the masterwork "Letters to a Young Poet", which reads "I would stick with R and M / and your choice of a decent vowel / preferably A." What else is there to say? Pamela, you give me chills.
"Poetic Injustice" was funny, a bit cynical, but I guess that comes with being in the business.
"Urbane Decay" was sad and beautifully written
"Inappropriately Touched By an Angel" is all kinds of highlighted in my copy, lines like the following deserve to be colored in pink highlighter:
Years later, while clipping my toenails,
I discovered I was the mirror of the universe.
"Finally!" she screamed. "You should get out
and create a few scars, kiss a few lips,
you know, go on living. An never count a woman out
until she swallows huge amounts of aspirin.
Like 'Mata Hari.' "No one will ever know - you were the worst kisser - in the world. - Even if they put a gun - to my head - and force me to say it in a poem."
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This was a gift for a 17 year old teenage girl. I personally didn't read the book, but it was a huge hit as a gift.Published on February 20, 2014 by C. Suitor
the book was packaged well.....received timely for Christmas giving...grandson has already sent a thank you note for the gift and tells how much he likes reading and rereading... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by C J
Only poetry that KNOWS it's bad is good Poetry! I should know, I'm a middle school librarian and I've seen LOTS of bad poetry!Published on December 10, 2013 by KDDOG
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