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28 July 2010 @ 12:39 pm
this is just to say what now?  
Okay, okay.

So, one of my favorite poems of all time is William Carlos Williams' This Is Just to Say:
I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

And I therefore, of course, adore I Will Alarm Islamic Owls, the brilliant parody by Francis Heaney, the title of which is an anagram of Williams's name:
I will be alarming
the Islamic owls
that are in
the barn

and which
you warned me
are very jittery
and susceptible to loud noises

Forgive me
they see so well in the dark
so feathery
and so dedicated to Allah

And, so, naturally, I'm delighted by today's addition to this category:

Thanks to qwrrty for the pointer.
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I'm feeling: happyhappy
Lizrazil on July 28th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
This is so much more awesome than the work I should be doing now.
Preraphaelitepreraphaelite on July 28th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
There is a fabulous episode of This American Life ("Mistakes Were Made") where one of the acts is versions of this poem from many of their regular contributors. The main story of the show (cryonics) is pretty awesome (and spooky) too. You can stream it for free below.

Mizarchivist: Bookworm hidesmizarchivist on July 28th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, I remember that episode--- sort of.
The cryonics bit was extremely creepy, but loved the poems. Now I want to go back for the poems... maybe I will.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on July 28th, 2010 05:38 pm (UTC)
That's marvelous! Thank you.
Chancemiss_chance on July 28th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I have always loved the lines

so feathery
and so dedicated to Allah

born from jets!!!: coconutscatness on July 29th, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, totally!!!!!

Also, this post and pointer have totally changed the nature of this day for me. *grin*
Mizarchivist: GeekLovemizarchivist on July 28th, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
OK- that's just weird. First I see a link to http://flippingtypical.com/ , which is fantastic, although not in any discernible order. I'd have preferred alphabetic, but would have been OK with some division between sans/serif.
Then I see the link from this same guy who writes the monologues - the one from Comic Sans to the other fonts, then this one from Williams's housemate. I'm adding that guy to my RSS feed now.
(Anonymous) on November 29th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
the william carlos williams piece was written by a woman named laura jayne martin, not a man.
David Policardpolicar on July 29th, 2010 12:58 pm (UTC)
I've always been fond of Variations on a theme by william carlos williams in the same vein.
Minervaminerva42 on July 29th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! One of my favorites, but I'd never seen variations and parodies of it.
born from jets!!!catness on July 29th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I have to make another comment about how awesome this is, so I get emailed this entire post. Thank you for reminding me that humanity doesn't always suck. :)