I Wanna Genius Too!


"... I became conscious that I was being haunted by a strange genius... Where he came from I cannot tell. At some time in his existence he must have wandered long in Alice's Wonderland... He was sincerity itself, and he had the simplicity of a child combined with the wisdom of old father William. No mortal could compare with him for ingenuity and inventiveness. He could do wonderful things with a piece of knotted string. There was one thing he lacked and that was a sense of humour; perhaps this was not a loss, for strangely enough it made him all the more humorous. It seemed wrong, however, to laugh at one so earnest, so guileless and free from cynicism, but at times he was irresistible. Fortunately, he was far too busy to care whether I laughed or not."


from W. Heath Robinson, My Line of Life, 1938 Illustration © W. Heath Robinson

Visit SurLaLune Fairy Tales to see more illustrations by W. Heath Robinson.

As the World Wide Web Turns

Or, The Junkies, Part IV


Sybil said leave tomorrow; Petra is going in July. Daniel wants to take the dog! How come Benito doesn't go? Did Dirk also send you this? Why did Walter show up... How is Eric doing? Is Jerold leaving him? How come Shirley is acting that way?

Hey. Can you please contact me?

- by 10 Spammers

"The Junkies", Part I, is here; Part II is here; Part III is here. Visit my post from last week for ways to celebrate National Poetry Month.

The Congenital Moon

Or, The Junkies, Part III

Dadaism, I can't even start to think... No dance is innuendo, unkempt, A talk at elusive edge, To fit no faultfinding.

I explain a galaxy tugboat Or teach a capable, inaudible, Breadfruit some creek and blunder, Veritable, the congenital moon.

- By Eight Spammers

April is National Poetry Month. Celebrate with: ● Videos featuring the Children's Poet Laureate, Mary Ann Hoberman, from The Poetry Foundation ● The International Reading Association, lesson plans on "Composing and Performing Found Poetry" ● Activites from The Academy of American Poets ● Activities and more from Reading Rockets ● Interviews with 36 poets from The Miss Rumphius Effect ● 30 Poets/30 Days, new poetry on Gotta Book

"The Junkies", Part I, is here; Part II is here.

Illustrations © Deborah Freedman

Poetry. Spam.

Or, The Junkies, Part II


I shall always share these quotes with you, To explain my barely overdone Digression, pronounceable.

Do cough by quarters; Go listen by pathology; Listen to the animals, and start as livestock.

Watch this lyricism, A murmurous lullaby, rolled, But by my caution - candyfloss.

- by Ten Spammers


"The Junkies", Part I, is here.

From the International Reading Association, lesson plans on "Composing and Performing Found Poetry".

Turn ON the Tube Week

You know I love books! But the winter is long, and some things are worth watching. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8yGGtVKrD8&w=350]

Jumpin' Jive! Listen to Cab Calloway and watch the truly amazing Nicholas Brothers (don't miss them from 1:32 to the end) in Stormy Weather, 1943.

GET UP AND DANCE! Chattanooga Choo Choo, more Nicholas Brothers, and Dorothy Dandridge with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, in "Orchestra Wives", 1942 The Little Colonel, Bill Bojangles Robinson and Shirley Temple, 1935 Puttin' On The Ritz, Fred Astaire in "Blue Skies", 1946 Singin' in the Rain, Gene Kelly, 1952