Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1: Fool's Day & National Poetry Month opens

No surprise that there are a lot of poetry events scheduled today, the first day of National Poetry Month and "First Friday." Busier than Mardi Gras on Bourbon Street. I don't doubt I've missed more than a few. Time and inclination permitting, I may try for twitter catch-up instead of a catch all blog post. 

Today is also April Fools' Day. Ogden Nash, Monty Python, Archy and Mehitabel, limericks, comic verse and other merry pranksters, here we come. My theme today across blogs -~ easier here than for, say farmers market, gardening, PSA's or general advocacy. 

Wince not poetasters. Comic verse in not without stature. Consider (among others): Juvenal, Chaucer, Shakespeare (wise fools, comedies), Pope, Byron, ee cummings, Jacques Prévert ~ all likely to join Edward Lear, Ogden Nash, Archy the cockroach and all the rest in tossing back a cheery pint and swapping rollicking lines. 

 Lighten up! Today be a jester, joker, jokester, fool, wit-cracker, prankster or buffoon.  

A counter view (what fools are famous for) of National Poetry Month from Charles Bernstein, Against National Poetry Month. Drink deep to Uncle Uglug...  

If you must wax poetic today, write a limerick... (feel free to post as comments)

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