Saturday, April 15, 2006

April is Poetry Month

The Onion had a spoof which held that the idea of Poetry Month is to raise awareness of Poetry so you can avoid it:

'"We must stop this scourge before more lives are exposed to poetry," said Dr. John Nieman of the American Poetry Prevention Society at a Monday fundraising luncheon. "It doesn't just affect women. Young people, particularly morose high-school and college students, are very susceptible to this terrible affliction. It is imperative that we eradicate poetry now, before more rainy afternoons are lost to it."'

Diane Cameron wrote about Poetry Month and included advice on how not to teach poetry:

'The teacher read a poem that described a rose opening on a summer day, and we thought, "Oh, the poem must be about summer, or beauty or nature, right?" But the teacher would sigh heavily and say, "No, this poem is speaking about war and man's inhumanity to man."'

Does anything rhyme with month?
Apparently not, though I desperately hunt.
I have an idea, but it's just a dumb stunt:
If I lisp it, the the plural of son is sonth.

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