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The Joys of Parody.

A forgotten form of Written Art?

Parody, like punning and cliché, resounds with readers because of aspects such as unique turns of phrase, irony and to be honest, being just too clever by half (characteristics of only the very best of the old stand-up comedians, too). The result is a very satisfying form of lexical humor. Check out this old book for some choice examples of parody:

Have you ever written a parody?

Tell us about it (or link to it), in the comment box.

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Poem: A Book (Dickinson)

 

Source: Modern American Poetry: An Introduction.
Louis Untermeyer, Editor.
New York: Harcourt, Brace & Howe, 1919.

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The First Hundred Years of Childhood are the Hardest.

Announcing my new chapbook!

As a novelist, I consider myself to be primarily a protégé of Calliope (the Muse of Epic Poetry), but sometimes her sister Euterpe (the Muse of Lyric Poetry) demands my attention. The First Hundred Years… is a collection of free-verse inspirational aphorisms illustrated by vibrant splashes of color, and is appropriate for adults and children.

I hope you enjoyed having a Poem in Your Pocket from my first chapbook, Heart, Head, Hand: A Writer’s Soul in Verse.

If you had an opportunity to share a poem on April 26 (mine or anybody else’s), I’d like to hear about it (post your comment in Light a Fire Here, below). Most of my books (including both chapbooks) are available at Lulu Press at a 10-25% discount from list price.

As National Poetry Month draws to a close, I want to thank Robert Okaji for the poetic inspiration he has provided by posting his adaptations of classical Chinese poetry at his blog O at the Edges. Most of my concrete verse poems published in Heart, Head, Hand… were inspired by the transliterated Chinese poems that Robert frequently quotes at his blog. (You can download his free micro-chapbook of some adapted transliterations from the Chinese.) A widely published poet, Robert has been following my blog for four years, and I appreciate having his encouragement. 🙂

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