Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Three Poems From Atrocious Poems A To Z

Jenny informed me as we were walking to the bus stop yesterday in the rain to pick up Jack that the curator of the Rockford Art Museum wants me to write all 26 of the poems from Atrocious Poems A To Z on the wall of the museum during installation. I was always taught not to write on the walls, so I think doing so may be hard for me. Here are three of the poems from the book. 


L is for liver.
It used to be
Some creature's innards.

It's slimy, it's gross,
And you've made it
For dinner.

In sincerity I ask you,
And I do hate to poo poo,
To the last proud owner
What good did it do?
If you can answer 
That question I may
Have a bite or two.


No word in the English language
Rhymes with the word "orange."
I know young poets will take this
As a challenge,
So on your imagination this quest will hinge
On allowing your mind to forage
Through all the words you have in your knowledge,
But in the end you'll have to acknowledge that
Of words that rhyme with orange there are a shortage,
But sometimes we wish for cake and settle for porridge.

But is this an atrocity or merely a tepid outrage?

Half rhyme or imperfect rhyme, sometimes called near-rhyme or lazy rhyme or slant rhyme, is a type of rhyme formed by words with similar but not identical sounds. In most instances, either the vowel segments are different while the consonants are identical, or vice versa.


My science paper says I failed,
And now I want to cry,
But my grandma told me
The only way to really fail
Is if I fail to try.

So I'll try to always do my best,
No matter what my grades might say,
Because everyone knows that grades
Are only letters anyway.

Seven boxes of Atrocious Poems A To Z arrived last week, but we haven't shown it to anyone yet, except Jenny's dad. We were going to do an unboxing video, but our Kickstarter campaign sort of fizzled and we're a little bummed, but excited for the opening of the show June 9th. 

You can still order your copy here 

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