Very Bad Poetry

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jan 5, 2011 - Humor - 144 pages
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Writing very bad poetry requires talent.  It helps to have a wooden ear for words, a penchant for sinking into a mire of sentimentality, and an enviable confidence that allows one to write despite absolutely appalling incompetence.

The 131 poems collected in this first-of-its-kind anthology are so glaringly awful that they embody a kind of genius.  From Fred Emerson Brooks' "The Stuttering Lover" to Matthew Green's "The Spleen" to Georgia Bailey Parrington's misguided "An Elegy to a Dissected Puppy", they mangle meter, run rampant over rhyme, and bludgeon us into insensibility with their grandiosity, anticlimax, and malapropism.

Guaranteed to move even the most stoic reader to tears (of laughter), Very Bad Poetry is sure to become a favorite of the poetically inclined (and disinclined).


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Reading a volume of Roger Ebert's reviews of movies he hated reminded me how much I enjoy this book, no matter how many times I read it. I mean, is it possible not to enjoy a book that brings into my ... Read full review

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Our chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (the English honors society) used to have an annual Poor Poetry Reading holiday party. I took this each time, and each time found something acceptably cliche, drearily ... Read full review

Contents

JOHN ARMSTRONG 17091779
3
NIRS MARION ALBINA BIGELOW
10
BRITTAIN fl 1918
15
WALLACE BRUCE fl 1907
21
LILLIAN E CURTIS fl 18708
32
EDWARD EDWIN FOOT fl 1867
38
WILLIAM MCGONAGALL 18301902
50
OWEN MEREDITH ROBERT LYTTON
67
A Childs Thought
73
GEORGIA BAILEY PARRINGTON fl 1907
80
MATTIE PETERSON
82
AMANDA MCKITTRICK ROS 18601939
88
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Kathryn and Ross Petras are a brother and sister team who wrote The 776 Stupidest Things Ever Said.  They live in New York City.

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