Thursday, July 3, 2008

Your Inner Lemur's Poem, Shel's Porn Beginnings


Poetry can be a vexing mistress, can't it? Or she? Whichever: either way, it's tough. But no longer! Gary Rudoren, one of the comically disciplined minds that brought us Comedy by The Numbers, has trained his expository powers on the world of verse in an article for The Poetry Foundation. I was honored to illustrate it. I apologize if the lemur looks too much like a chihuahua.

While you're at The Poetry Foundation's site, be sure to read the article by Jesse Nathan (who I had the pleasure of meeting through his involvement in Dave Eggers' Lots of Things Like This show) about the inauspicious beginnings of one Mr. Shel Silverstein (to whom Mr. Jacob Covey, designer extraordinaire for Fantagraphics, bears an uncanny resemblance).