April 1, 2010

Food ***

*** Food, Ogden Nash, 1989

I read Marriage Lines last year and enjoyed it, a surprise for one like me, who has little use for poetry. So when I saw a couple of slim volumes of Nash, I grabbed them. The thing I like about Nash is that his stuff is very bite-sized. You can nibble on them at your leisure instead of sitting down for a feast like with a novel.

The problem is, like other nibbly bits, they're so easy to consume that you find yourself binging anyway, and this book was no exception. Here are a few of the tasty morsels.

Further Reflection on Parsley

Is gharsley.

Reflections on Ice Breaking

Is dandy
But liquor
Is quicker.

The Cantaloupe

One cantaloupe is ripe and lush,
Another's green, another's mush.
I'd buy a lot more cantaloupe
If I possessed a fluoroscope.


Anonymous said...

You have little use for poetry because you haven't read Nabokov's Pale Fire yet. Am I wrong? Am I wrong? Movie reference.

Brad Whittington said...

Dude, I haven't read Pale Fire, but I have read Idylls of the King.

How long shall this self-imposed exile continue?