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March 13, 2012

Recycled poetry of the day

Filed under: art — danylmc @ 11:12 am

Cactus Kate is gloating after an endorsement from Shelley, which reminds me that (a) I failed to highlight this opening paragraph from one of her recent columns:

On Thursday last week I was power walking about fifty-metres behind the Hosking-Hawkesby newlyweds, who were taking their grooms-dog for its morning walk, when up ahead I spied an obstacle.

And (b) I should take this opportunity to post my Shelley/Denis Glover inspired poem from the (sadly unjudged) Shelley Writes the Classics competition:

Tom and Elizabeth bought the farm
With their finance company bread
Magpies are passerine birds of the crow family
Wikipedia said

Tom got an interest free third party loan
And Elizabeth’s Peugeot was red
Magpies are passerine birds of the crow family
Wikipedia said

They didn’t spend much time there
They took fabulous European holidays instead
Magpies are passerine birds of the crow family
Wikipedia said

The courts and the serious fraud office tried to take it away
But Tom’s clever lawyer stopped them dead
Magpies are passerine birds of the crow family
Wikipedia said

The farms still there
Their kids go quad-biking out there most days
Magpies are passerine birds of the crow family
Wikipedia says

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14 Comments »

  1. That poem is up with your best.

    Comment by Dave Guerin — March 13, 2012 @ 11:31 am

  2. That stinking, zombie like corpse dragging itself down the hall clutching an axe and heading towards your office? That is Denis, stirred after 32 years a-moldering in the grave and seeking vengeance.

    Comment by Sanctuary — March 13, 2012 @ 11:36 am

  3. First para of her new column ends with “it’s the sheer other-worldiness that’s so captivating.”

    Yes. Yes it is.

    Comment by Josh — March 13, 2012 @ 11:38 am

  4. Brilliant.

    Comment by Stephen Stratford — March 13, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

  5. Meh…

    D-Mc, you’re slowly turning into one of those ‘Hot! New!’ comedians that burst into the stand-up scene in the early 00’s with a pocket full of Dubya jokes.
    It’s not that they weren’t funny per-se, it’s just that they were recycling the jokes of previous standups who had lived through Bush I and Willy Clinton.

    Shelley’s an easy target. I can’t figure out why you bother.

    Comment by Phil — March 13, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

  6. Being bracketed with “The Hunger Games” is not something I’d personally be proud of.

    Comment by Hugh — March 13, 2012 @ 1:12 pm

  7. It’s a step above ‘Harry Potter and the X’ or ‘Twilight and X phase of the moon’

    Comment by Phil — March 13, 2012 @ 1:16 pm

  8. @Phil: Give it time, I fully expect it to be the next Twilight. All the people I know who were open about their Twilight fandom four years ago have now given it up in favour of The Hunger Games.

    Comment by Hugh — March 13, 2012 @ 1:26 pm

  9. Keri Hulme will be marking each Shelley Classic submission very very carefully. Eventually she will judge #22’s brutalisation of Under the Mountain a whisker ahead of the rest.

    Comment by Aztec — March 13, 2012 @ 1:37 pm

  10. The Hunger Games cannot match Twilight.

    Not on the misogyny front, anyways.

    Comment by MeToo — March 13, 2012 @ 1:54 pm

  11. Hugh. Glass half empty sort aren’t you? SPCA adopt and animal not pure enough for you?

    Comment by Cactus Kate — March 13, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

  12. Well Shelley had to slip something in for CK at some point. CK has been slobbering over her for a while now.

    http://asianinvasion2006.blogspot.co.nz/search?q=shelley+bridgeman

    Comment by Lance — March 13, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

  13. That has to be one of the best posts you have ever put up.

    Certainly the best I have read.

    Love it!

    Comment by peterlepaysan — March 13, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

  14. Glover would have loved it as well given the current context.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — March 13, 2012 @ 7:41 pm


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