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Category Archive: Poetry

Jul 08 2014

Vials Labeled “Variola” Found. Could Have Been Worse.

Unless you are from Brazil, the scariest news today may have been the discovery of forgotten, unsecured, vials labeled “variola” (smallpox, to you and me) in an NIH lab. Hey, at least it was labeled! I’ve been cleaning out my office these past weeks, and if that NIH lab had been anything like my office, …

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May 12 2014

Today Is Limerick Day?

I’ve been busy–I only just heard– They’ve been horrid at spreading the word But it’s limerick day! (I’ve just one thing to say… Just one day? Why, the thought is absurd!) Thanks to commenter “williamhumenansky”, I hear that today is Limerick day (Edward Lear’s birthday, appropriately, although Lear’s limericks are actually not very good limericks …

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May 05 2014

Hairimeraku!

Amplifying a recent comment, I give you what is essentially a guest post by “richardelguru” (thus, “I” = richardelguru, not Cuttlefish): Some years ago, and for one of my silly radio essays, I invented (unless anyone can come up with an earlier attestation) the hairimeraku. As its name suggests, this is a bastard of the …

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Apr 24 2014

“Poem In Your Pocket” Day

Just a reminder–here in the US, it is national Poem in your Pocket day. You should all print out your favorite sepielle, or something to annoy your co-workers with, and carry it around just in case. If any of you run into me today, this is what I’ll recite to you.

Apr 16 2014

Ok, That’s A First

Twice today, students asked questions that I had previously examined on this blog, such that my immediate thought was “oh, I’ll just recite this verse”. Which, of course, I did not. I gave a nice, thorough, completely prose response. I need to get more people reciting my verses as answers to classroom questions, so that …

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Mar 04 2014

A Humanist Prayer In The Arizona House Of Reps

Ok, this is really beautiful. Via Matthew Hendley writing for the Phoenix New Times blogs, we read that a second humanist representative, Juan Mendez, has had the chance to deliver the opening prayer for the Arizona House (the first was last May). Monday’s prayer wonderfully combines William Cleary’s “Grace to Shout” with Audre Lorde’s “Litany …

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Jan 19 2014

Constrained Writing (or, Happy Birthday, Edgar Allan Poe!)

Constraining one’s writing Can make it exciting Constraints make it better, not worse It requires more thought (Or, they tell me, it ought) To express what you want, say, in verse. But I’ve just seen an ode Nearly written in code– With multiple layers of constraints Take a look, if you will, At this beauty …

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Jan 11 2014

Dammit, I Did It Wrong

My commenters saw through my evil plot: I think, for the year, I will write in prose only; no rhyme and no meter, no scansion, no verse. Iambic pentameter? Perish the notion! We’ll see if my writing gets better… or worse. A year without sonnets, or ballads, or limericks; a year without couplets or bad …

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Jan 10 2014

Giving Up Rhyming For A Year

I think, for the year, I will write in prose only; no rhyme and no meter, no scansion, no verse. Iambic pentameter? Perish the notion! We’ll see if my writing gets better… or worse. A year without sonnets, or ballads, or limericks; a year without couplets or bad villanelles; a year when my thoughts must …

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Nov 18 2013

Atheist Christmas Verses, Poems, Cards…

… and all proceeds going to charity. So checking the site stats today, I note that it is the beginning of the season for searching google for “atheist christmas poem”, “atheist christmas cards”, “atheist xmas” and the like. So I just thought I’d link again, to the only collection you need. Some 17 verses, 32 …

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