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Seriously Funny Poems about Love, Death, Religion, Art, Politics, Sex, and Everything Else

ISBN-10: 082033569X
ISBN-13: 9780820335698
Edition: 2010
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Description: Can serious poetry be funny? Chaucer and Shakespeare would say yes, and so do the authors of these 187 poems that address timeless concerns but that also include comic elements. Beginning with the Beats and the New York School and continuing with  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 4/15/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 440
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.298

Can serious poetry be funny? Chaucer and Shakespeare would say yes, and so do the authors of these 187 poems that address timeless concerns but that also include comic elements. Beginning with the Beats and the New York School and continuing with both marquee-name poets and newcomers,Seriously Funnyranges from poems that are capsized by their own tomfoolery to those that glow with quiet wit to ones in which a laugh erupts in the midst of terrible darkness. Most of the selections were made in the editorsrs" battered compact car, otherwise known as the Seriously Funny Mobile Unit. During the two years in which Barbara Hamby and David Kirby made their choices, theyrs"d set out with a couple of boxes of books in the back seat, and whoever wasnrs"t driving read to the other. When they found that a poem made both of them think but laugh as well, they earmarked it. Readers will find a true generosity in these poems, an eagerness to share ideas and emotions and also to entertain. The singer Ali Farka Toureacute; said that honey is never good when itrs"s only in one mouth, and the editors ofSeriously Funnyhope its readers find much to share with others.

Barbara Hamby is writer-in-residence at Florida State University. She is the author of two chapbooks and three previous poetry collections:The Alphabet of Desire; Delirium;andBabel,winner of the 2003 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry.nbsp; Her poems have appeared in numerous publications including theParis Review,theIowa Review,theKenyon Review,andBest American Poetry 2000.

Introduction: From the Seriously Funny Mobile Unit
Oh Lana Turner We Love You Get Up: TV, Movies, Music, Cars, Cartoons-Poetry and Popular Culture
"Poem (Lana Turner Has Collapsed!)"
"Of Time and the Line"
"note, passed to superman"
"Farm Implements and Rutabagas in a Landscape"
"The Motorcyclists"
"Country- Western Singer"
"I'd Rather Look for Keys"
"Understanding Al Green"
"My Life at the Movies"
"What I Learned from the Incredible Hulk"
"Jackass: The Viewer"
"Jeep Cherokee"
"Two Trains"
"Billy Joel Gets Philosophical on Bravo"
"Vince Neil Meets Josh in a Chinese Restaurant in Malibu (after Ezra Pound)"
"Foley"
I Was Alone When It Hit Me: The Self Kenneth Koch "To My Twenties"
"To Jewishness, Paris, Ambition, Trees, My Heart, and Destiny"
"How I Got That Name"
"Ode to Pork"
"Vim"
"Bald"
"I Need to Be More French. Or Japanese."
"Very Hot Day"
"Shame: An Aria"
"Praying Drunk"
"How You See Depends on Where You Go"
"Grapefruit"
"A Season of Provocations and Other Ethnic Dreams"
"Pronouncing My Name"
"Constant Defender"
"How to Like It"
My Old Reptile: Close Encounters of the Sexual Kind John Berryman "Dream Song 4"
"The Devils"
"The Sausage Parade"
"Chit- Chat with the Junior League Women"
"Sex with a Famous Poet"
"Crawling Out at Parties"
"Breasts"
"So Thick?"
"Roughhousing"
"While You Were Away …"
"Disrespect at the Mall"
"Sex in History"
"Bonobo"
"The Secret Life of Barbie and Mr. Potato Head"
"Bad Girl"
"He Told Her He Loved Her"
"Girls, Look Out for Todd Bernstein"
The Heart Is a Lonely Perineum: Love, Marriage, Divorce, and Hatred Gregory Corso "Marriage"
"Yes"
"The Theory of the Leisure Classes"
"Seriousness"
"My Wife's Therapist"
"Midnight"
"Purple Bathing Suit"
"What I Want"
"Mr. X"
"Dim Lady"
"My Beloved"
"Song"
"You Were Wearing"
"And Day Brought Back My Night"
"The Heart Is a Lonely Perineum"
"For You, Sweetheart, I'll Sell Plutonium Reactors"
"Why I Hate Martin Frobisher"
Mothers of America Let Your Kids Go to the Movies: Family Life and Strife
"Ave Maria"
"The Lanyard"
"Phone Call"
"Delphos, Ohio"
"Rice and Beans"
"Our Other Sister"
"Boss of the Food"
"Prayer"
"The Wrestler's Heart"
"We Take Our Children to Ireland"
"El Zapato"
"Don't Know What Love Is"
"Upon Seeing an Ultrasound Photo of an Unborn Child"
"Autobiographical"
"Muck- Clump"
"Praise for the Ford LTD"
Let Us Be Friends a While and Understand Our Differences: Fiends and Neighbors
"Personal Poem"
"You Can Change Your Life through Psychic Power"
"To Whoever Set My Truck on Fire"
"The Crybaby at the Library"
"The Search for Baby Combover"
"Heat Lightning in a Time of Drought"
"A Short History of the New South"
"High School Picture Re- take Day"
"'Duo Tried Killing Man with Bacon'"
"Brazil"
"Zinc Fingers"
"Verona"
"I Said Yes but I Meant No"
"Not That Great of an Evening"
"Hate Poem"
"Hate Hotel"
"Amnesty"
"Little Blue Nude"
It Occurs to Me I Am America: Wrestling with a Huge Rococco National Identity
"America"
"Naturalization Exam"
"Immigrant Picnic"
"A French Statue"
"Am�rica"
"Thanksgiving"
"Ode to American English"
"A Fact Which Occurred in America"
"America"
"E Pluribus Unum"
"Harryette Mullen Lecture on the American Dream"
"The Year I Was Diagnosed with a Sacrilegious Heart"
"Sex with Strangers"
"Canada"
"Consolation"
From My Bowels to Your Inbox: Poetry Goes to Work Richard Garc�a "A Diver for the NYPD Talks to His Girlfriend"
"The Speech"
"For the Women of the All- Female Bookkeeping Department at H. G. Smithy's"
"Bless Their Hearts"
"On Being Fired Again"
"Outdoor Chef "
"Off- Track Betting"
"First Job: The Southern Sweets Sandwich Shop and Bakery"
"Failing the Republic"
"Song of Money" (translated from the Spanish by Mark Schafer)
"St. Thomas Aquinas"
"The Instruction Manual"
We Who Love Precise Language: Poems about Writing and Literature Franz Wright "Publication Date"
"Dream Song 354"
"Selected Recent and New Errors"
"Appeal to the Grammarians"
"The Prepositions"
"Nancy Drew"
"Shakespearean Sonnet"
"The Revised Versions"
"All She Wrote"
"Revolt"
"Frivolity"
"Student Essay"
"Workshop"
"Decorum"
"Fork"
"Mother Lets Off a Little Steam"
"Borges at the Northside Rotary"
"Lawrence"
"Oatmeal"
The Power of Weirdness: Talking Dogs, Chickens, Horses, Ducks, Bugs, and Other Entanglements Both Human and Un- Albert Goldbarth "Power of Weirdness"
"Spiritual Chickens"
"Nobody Here but Us"
"Homer's Seeing- Eye Dog"
"Something Like Happiness"
"The Dogs in Dutch Paintings"
"Fieldwork"
"Sorting the Entanglements"
"Daffy Duck in Hollywood"
"Trigger Tries to Explain"
"Do You Love Me?"
"Dharma"
"Chicken Bucket"
"The List of Famous Hats"
"Notes for My Body Double"
Mockery Was Still the Unforgivable Sin: Religion and Other Metaphysical Meanderings
"Retro Creation"
"Goodtime Jesus"
"The Book of Lies"
"My Crucifi xion"
"Fubar"
"A Little History"
"Prophet"
"Communication"
"A Blasphemy"
"Ode on Satan's Power"
"Wanda Why Aren't You Dead"
"Group Therapy Lounge, Columbia, South Carolina"
"Our Spring Trip"
"The Antichrist in Arkansas"
"'A wooden eye. An 1884 silver dollar. A homemade explosive. A set of false teeth. And a 14- karat gold ashtray,'"
"Ode to Greens"
Everything Prophesied Will Erupt: The End of the World Susan Wood "Horoscope"
"'Russia is big and so is China'"
"Irreconcilable Differences"
"Replicas"
"Upon Hearing of My Friend's Marriage Breaking Up, I Envision Attack from Outer Space"
"Wrong Number after Midnight"
"Unusual Summer Weather"
"Astute Chinese Aside"
"A Pocket Guide to Trouble"
"Elvis, Be My Psychopomp"
"Apocalypse"
Credits
Index of Authors

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