Random! Poetry! Art! – Links from my Wanderings

An Edward Gorey inspired Illustrated Poetry project

The Frailty Poems were collaboratively written over the course of few months on a forum at zefrank.com – and by the way, they are mostly not G-rated, so be forewarned – and now the invitation is open to use the accompanying scribbler program to illustrate each line of the 6 Edward Gorey inspired poems. If you submit your illustration, it gets posted with the poem. An example from the site, for the line: “Arthur smelled like a rotting carbuncle,” someone submitted this drawing:

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Emily Dickinson Fashion

While doing a bit of research for my Emily Dickinson posts, I stumbled across this Esty shop where they sell custom tights/leggings – including a pair with an Emily Dickinson poem on them. I also saw Alice in Wonderland and Shakespeare quote tights. You can apparently order tights with the poem or literary passage of your choice on them as well.

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I do not yet own a pair of these literary tights/leggings, so I cannot personally recommend them, but they are a tempting holiday gift to myself…

Haiku, Limericks, and the Old Grey Lady

The NYT recently featured “Five Subway Haiku” by J.K. McCauley for their Metropolitan Diary series – worth a moment of your time. I liked the last one the best –

Northbound Number One
screeching in the black tunnel,
snaking towards Times Square.

– J.K. McCauley

I would love to hear which one (if any) spoke to you.

The NYT also has a “resident” poet who often, and now famously (if it makes it into your Wikipedia article, I should say so), writes limericks for his comments on various articles. Larry Eisenberg, who is a multiple-times-over published writer of science fiction, doesn’t comment on every article, so I feel like yelling “BINGO!” when I come across one of his poems in the comment section. Even the comments section of the newspaper is not immune to the power of poetry! Although I warn you, once you start looking out for his limericks, like all “watched” things, they will become more elusive…Here are two I’ve “caught” on different occasions (he does not shy away from political and controversial topics, either) –

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