Monday, April 13, 2009

Poetry Corner

Lillian had heard that the Anchorage Daily News was holding their annual writing contest and decided that she could use some quick cash. She went up to her desk, whipped out this verse and brought it down to claim her prize.

Her confidence is staggering.

You may not be able to read the subtleties of subtext here so let me include a little annotation:

the dirtyest man

oh wood you look at that a dirty man
he hasn't taken a bath for years,
So he should take wone.
Reminiscent of both e.e. cummings and James Joyce it has serious things to say about the psyche and atonement as well as conventional orthography's stranglehold on postmodern theory.

Or maybe she's just talking about her older brothers.

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26 comments:

One Mom said...

Good for Lillian! May her confidence always soar and her enthusiasm nevef wane at grapsing new opportunites. I cannot believe that her brothers are that dirty though that's safer to say than suggesting her subject is one of your neigbors!

One Mom said...

sorry about the typos...still too early in the AM.

Michele said...

Thanks for the laugh. And I'm glad the man was just dirty because he hadn't taken a bath and not in other ways. Who knows - maybe she'll win!

Melissa W. said...

lol! hey, that's where ee cummings made his start, I'm sure. :) Thanks for the morning laugh!

Suzie B. said...

Too 'deep' for me! I hope she wins.

Maddy said...

Too cute. I remember when we first came here [although not the details] and my 'teen' entered a poetry competition......she won. What she 'won' was the opportunity to have her poem published in a book if only she would fork out $50 for the privilege. A salutary lesson indeed.
Cheers

cndymkr / jean said...

I think that it's worth a small prize. Maybe some extra chocolate? That always makes my day.

verygoodyear said...

This is a powerful piece of prose! I love it :]

Heather said...

Love it! Definitely worth keeping.

Of course I think something different when I hear "dirty old man."

Angela said...

Oh this made me laugh! Love it.

Jenna Consolo said...

Ha! Ha! That was awesome!

mannequin said...

Oh and I do so agree with her.
I mean, unless she's speaking of her brothers, that is.

Marcy said...

I love kids poetry. My daughter wrote a poem, which I posted on my blog a few months ago. Quite funny...

* TONYA * said...

oh my. Good for you Lillian.

Children are so honest. I think that deserves a prize in itself.

turnitupmom said...

Oh my god! As an elementary educator, I can totally appreciate the honesty here. I wish we could all express our thoughts with such clarity. And I love your writing style, Mom!

Heather said...

That's quite a little poet you have there! She's observant, frank and to the point. do I see a future guest-poster in the making???

Maryann said...

Great analysis! LOL

jacjewelry said...

That's wonderful - hope she wins! :) Best of luck to her, and keep us posted!

Melissa-Mc said...

I love it!! I'm sure there is so much symbolism there that it's gone right over our heads :)

Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

Oh my gosh.. please let me share this:

http://goodandcrazypeople.blogspot.com/2008/10/jello.html

forgive the link in comment faux pas??
There's another one, but I won't link it, one per day huh??

CountessLaurie said...

Excellent poem. And just in case, I took a bath.

Thanks for sharing!

jubilee said...

LOL Too funny. Are you sure she wasn't talking about my son?

She is entering the poem, right?!

All Rileyed Up said...

I hope you enter the poem along with your critique of it. A surefire winner.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

That is so priceless!!!! You have got to pay her for that good laugh :)
Will you email me?

Heather said...

This is fantastic!!! Hilarious!

Daisy said...

Her brothers? Hahahaha! Grab inspiration wherever you can find it. maybe she'll be a blogger when she's older.