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  • Who has time to read a whole novel these days? With expediency in mind, here are classic works of literature condensed to that most indispensable of poetic forms, the limerick.

     

    Les Miserables

    Val Jean, who stole a baguette

    Leaves prison without paying his debt

    During the French Revolution

    He finds a solution:

    Be a good dad to his daughter, Cosette

     

     

    Oliver Twist

    Oliver was a boy who was born poor

    And caused a row when he asked for more

  • Today is the day the music died. On February 3rd, 1959, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson were killed in a plane crash.

    And here's a spin on the classic song—Quirk author Erik Didriksen's sonnet version of "American Pie" by Don McLean. True skill. 

    Find more of Erik's Shakepearean spins in his book Pop Sonnets and over on popsonnets.com.

  • Celebrating the Bard this week, here's Erik Didriksen, author of Pop Sonnets, with a sonnet inspired by Cole Porter!

  • April is National Poetry Month, so if you’re looking for some fantastic up and coming poetic voices to bring into your life, now's the time to do it! If you are not familiar with slam poetry, or spoken word poetry, it is a fairly new performance-based style of poetry in which authors read their work aloud to an audience (sometimes at “poetry slams,” or competitions), incorporating artistic elements of rhythm, pace, volume, etc. Slam poetry’s flexibility and emphatic delivery style tends to invite young poets, as well as the opportunity to focus on social justice and other issues that can be otherwise hard to talk about.

    Here are five great slam poets on the scene that everyone should be watching/listening to:

  • We at Quirk love a good board game almost as much as we love a good book. (Okay, maybe not quite as much as a good book.) So naturally, why can't we have both? Each month, we're going to reimagine a classic board game with a literary and pop culture twist! This month, inspired by our childhood Paul Bunyan version, we decided we wanted to re-imagine Pick-Up Sticks: but with a Shakespearen twist! 

  • The FINAL round of voting for the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 is happening and two Quirky titles need your support! Everything gets tallied on November 23rd, so get those votes in! 

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