Mighty Red Pen

December 19, 2007

Holy moley!

Filed under: Lit review — mighty red pen @ 8:49 pm

If you don’t already know about the book Holy Tango of Literature by Francis Heaney, you must check it out.

The idea is this: Healey makes an anagram out of the name of a well-known poet (for instance, Tennessee Williams becomes Ellen’s Siamese Twin or William Blake becomes Likable Wilma). Then, he uses that anagram to write a parody of a well-known poem by that well-known poet.

No one is safe, he even parodies that bane of English majors everywhere, the immortal “Sumer is Icumen In” as a kooky ode to Sumo wrestlers. But the one that made me laugh out loud was his transformation of Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool” (a very serious poem) into “We Long Bony Dorks” (a not so serious poem):

The Mathletes

Seven in the Computer Lab.

We long bony dorks. We

Real big on quarks. We

Quote Python lines. We

Know arcs and sines. We

Not good at sports. We

black socks with shorts. We

Beat up at noon. We

Out-earn you soon.

If this sort of thing is up your alley, check out more Francis Heaney.

1 Comment »

  1. “We Long Bony Dorks” is ha-larious.

    Comment by Molie — December 21, 2007 @ 9:44 am | Reply


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