Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Poets and Poems: Leon Stokesbury and “You Are Here”

It’s unusual to find myself laughing out loud while reading a book of poetry, but that’s what I did with You Are Here: Poems New & Old by Leon Stokesbury.

Stokesbury doesn’t write comic poetry, but he manifests a sense of mischief and a willingness to poke fun at even some of the most serious of poems and poets, like Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Morte d’Arthur

Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Lost his pal Hallam to
Fever and flu.

“One-hundred thirty-one
Verses, and man, I still
Can’t bury you.”

In eight short lines, Stokesbury takes on two of Tennyson’s famous poems – “Morte d’Arthur” and “In Memoriam,” playing off the first name of Arthur Henry Hallam, the subject of “In Memoriam.”

To continue reading, please see my post today at Tweetspeak Poetry.

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