Thursday, November 13, 2008



Noted: William Michaelian's most recent post mentioning a musty-smelling little book of verse he picked up from an equally musty-smelling little used book store sent me scurrying to my stacks of equally musty-smelling books to dig out one of my forgotten favorites: The Stuffed Owl: An Anthology of Bad Verse, edited by D.B.Wyndham Lewis (no relation to the BLAST Lewis) and Charles Lee--a sheer delight, let me tell you, as well as an edifying experience--seeing what happens to poets whenever they get the urge to fly high in the sky on the ass-end of an inflated Pegusus. Highly recommended if you can find it--last published in 1963.


3 comments:

  1. I actually saw this book a few months ago, but I ended up leaving it behind because it was just too mangled and had too many scribbles. Now I’ll be looking for it again.

    Thanks for mentioning Donne to Dryden.

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  2. Hmmmm......too mangled and too many scribbles,eh? Probably a veteran survivor of too many ack-ack attacks! Keep plugging away!

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  3. I suppose I should have bought it and given it a good home. But I do have a mangle-and-scribble threshold. I don’t mind some writing in used books — in fact, I’ve bought quite a few because of their inscriptions and notes, which I’ve enjoyed in some cases more than the contents.

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