Post by George J. Dance Post by Michael Pendragon Post by George J. Dance Post by Rex Hester Jr. Post by George J. Dance
or Quadrant Gray or Quail
or Quaker or Quaker Blue
or Quaker Drab or Quaker Gray
or Quaker Green or Quality
or Quality Pink or Quarry Stone
or Quarterback or Quartz
or Quasar or Quayside
or Queen Anne or Queen Anne Green
or Queen Blue or Queen Coral
or Queen Pink or Queen's Blue
or Queen's Yellow or Quercitron
or Quercitron Lake or Quicksand
or Quicksilver or Quiet
or Quill Gray or Quimper
or Quince or Quincy
What is the back story...??? ?
I am not familiar with it....
"The texts are word-for-word the same!!! - if one ignores the bits that are different." - Peter J Ross
What a bore!
(The thread, that is.)
Dunce and Ray attach colors to PJR's "poem" in what is intended to be an example of humorous mockery.
I can't speak for Ray, but I didn't see his comments as mocking - his suggestions were all improvements, even the one that exaggerated the worst part of "Batty".
Post by Michael Pendragon
Why you should want to publish the end result as an actual poem is beyond me.
Have you ever written a 3,500-line anything? Can you begin to imagine the work involved? It took me the best part of a month, with hundreds of revisions. I certainly wasn't just going to throw the result away afterward.
I've written a 250,000 word music book (rough draft awaiting expansion and revision), a 93,000 word novel, and a 54,000 word book on film and metaphysics (rough draft awaiting expansion and revision)... all of which are well over 3,500 lines.
However, my works are original. Your 3,500 line poem was a modified version of Peter's. It doesn't matter if you only kept two or three modified versions of his lines and stuck in 3,497 new ones -- the poem remains his.
Perhaps if you had spent your time writing your own 3,500 word poem, instead of riffing on Peter's you'd have created a work of similar (cough!) quality that was actually your own.
Post by George J. Dance
But whatever; I have no illusions about getting you to appreciate "Betty"; so I'll call it conceptual poetry, and let you look into that if you're interested (which I doubt you would be).
"Batty" is the perfect "thank you" for a gift. It's not a poem, and it's not going to mean anything to anyone who isn't the gifter or the giftee; but it's brief, and harmless, and even kind of cute.
"Betty" is the result of two school boys having mistaken "Batty" for a serious poem and attempting to mock it by adding superfluous lines naming colors. Unfortunately, it's impossible to read to without one's mind going numb after the 20th or 30th line.
Post by George J. Dance Post by Michael Pendragon
For me the most amusing part of the thread was to see Willie Whiner chirping in with his constant references to rock music, totally out of sync with the Dunce-Ray-& co. "hilarity," yet trying to be one of the gang.
To his credit, Will did come up with "Betty," and just at the right time, since (the poem having gone way beyond its origin), it was time to start cutting the strings that still tied it to PJ's shmatte.
Wow. It takes a true genius to turn "Batty" into "Betty."
It's also rather amusing to speculate as to what would have happened had Michael Cook turned "Karma Bombs" into "Payback Bombs." My guess is that Willie would still be whining about it to this day.