Poems can invoke the deepest of emotions, the most beautiful of sentiments, but they can also pack a huge, insulting punch. There’s something about the form—maybe the lilt, the rhythm—that lends itself perfectly to derision and condescension. Need to tell someone that they’re beneath you? A short story won’t do. Want to skewer your professional rival? Veiled allusions in your novel aren’t going to cut it. What you need is a good meter to set your scorn to.
Since April is National Poetry Month, let’s explore the poems that expertly take their targets’ ego and grind it under their perfectly cadenced heel.
Please, allow me a moment to introduce myself. My name is Quirk E. Newsletter. I'm a monocle wearing cat who enjoys the finer things in life. Wide-brimmed top hats, leather-bound books, bronze monocles, and newsletters that are sent out monthly via an electronic mailing service.
Like it or not, you can't choose the family you're related to by blood. It just... happens. And most of the time, it turns out pretty good.
But some families are so poisonous that it isn't just bad to be a part of the clan. It's also bad to be associated with them in any way, even from the outside. Below is a list of families that I wouldn't want to be a part of, but equally as importantly, wouldn't want my circles to intersect with in any way. They're that bad.
"[I]t's our game; that's the chief fact in connection with it: America's game; it has the snap, go, fling of the American atmosphere; it belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly as our Constitution's laws; is just as important in the sum total of our historic life." -- Walt Whitman
My friends and I love baseball. Simply put. Each year, we make predictions about the playoffs and the various titles. During the season, we never fail to talk about the latest baseball news—injuries, trades, and other developments. With Opening Day the other day, our talk recently turned to great baseball books. So I’ve compiled a list of what we think are the ten best. The list runs the gamut from fiction to memoir to historical study on topics both broad and specific.
Convention season is upon us, Quirk fans. And we are psyched. We love heading to these events, and spending time with all of you!
This month, we're heading off to C2E2 in Chicago from April 25th to April 27th. You'll be able to find me and Nicole De Jackmo at Booth #520, selling books, giving away swag, and dishing out high fives galore.
Finished copies of Tic-Tac-Tomeby Willy Yonkers are also up for grabs. As always, if you're a blogger interested in scoring a copy of any of these, for your website, YouTube channel, whatever, feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.