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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 13:28:26

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 13:28:26

This doesn't really fit here as I'm not 'showing my workings'. That's because I wrote it in one go and tweaked it as I went along.  However, I thought I would post it here and then, soon, I shall archive it under parodies.  Having written some advice on teaching Fleur Adcock's 'Stewart Island' this idea came upon me. You need to read the original to appreciate the parody, of course!  

But look at all these words

Said the poet when asked

Why she called this a poem.

True, there was a fine sense of

Character and a back story;

All punctuated and no end of enjamb-

Ment. (I got away with that kind

Of thing myself, often).

As for me, I read to the end

But the writing was too cold

To engage me. My

Fourteen-year-olds collected

What they could and would have

Given anything for a mad seagull

To attack. I had already

Decided to leave the poem.


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