March 11, 2014 • Quirk Poetry, Crafting
Writing poetry isn't really a talent of mine—unless you count humorous/sarcastic haikus and "Roses Are Red" variants—but I do randomly stack books to create sentences and mini-mini short stories. Then I discovered that this a Thing: spine poetry! Naturally, I got sucked into the Internet and bounced from Pinterest to Tumblr to blog posts filled with books stacked and photographed to create a poem.
So for no reason at all and with no prize promised, I challenged myself to see how many sentences I could create with the books in my office. My self-imposed rules were no title repetition and only using print books on my shelves. Here's what I came up with.
Deep in the shade of paradise, when you are engulfed in flames, this book will save your life.
January 10, 2013 • Quirk Poetry
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In case you haven’t heard the news, James Franco is scheduled to publish a collection of poetry, currently titled Directing Herbert White, in 2014. I assume he was inspired by his role as Allen Ginsberg in Howl (2010).
There are many other celebrities that I’d like to see pen poetry and so I present to you, ten celebrities Quirk wishes would write poetry. Please note, if your name is on this list and you actually do have a collection of poems sitting in your bedside table, here's a link to our submissions page.
September 6, 2012 • Quirk Poetry
Photo by Steve Snodgrass
Did you know that September is Classical Music Month? Me either! And while I'm sure there are plenty of reasons to listen to classical music (Mozart effect, anyone?) our favorite broet, Brian McGackin, has the one and only reason you should bother.
So in honor of Classical Music Month, we've got Brian's poem, Why You Should Listen to Classical Music, excerpted below. Enjoy!
April 26, 2012 • Quirk Poetry
So far, we’ve covered creation and intellectual sustenance. Now, it’s time for more practical concerns. Being a poet and college graduate in the 21st century, Brian McGackin has, understandably, written several poems about his abject poverty.
This week’s poem includes financial stress, hunger, and a coming-of-age story. All in a poem short enough to memorize and impress your friends... over pizza.
April 19, 2012 • Quirk Poetry
It’s time for another poem from Brian McGackin’s Broetry!
Last week, we tackled the beginnings of the universe. This week, it made sense to feature something almost as important: Harry Potter.
This poem tackles the male desire for sex, the female desire to share emotional intimacy, the universal human need for companionship, and the prospect of dressing up as witches and wizards to attend midnight book release parties. Also, I can personally attest to the fact that this poem is true to life: I did the exact same thing to my boyfriend.