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John Ashbery, The Dong with the Luminous Nose (1998)

The Dong With the Luminous Nose (a cento) Within a windowed niche of that high hall I wake and feel the fell of dark, not day. I shall rush out as I am, and walk the street The lights begin … Continue reading

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Christopher Middleton, Edward Lear in February

Since last September I’ve been trying to describe Two moonstone hills, And an ochre mountain, by candlelight, behind, But a lizard has been sick into the ink, A cat keeps clawing at me, you should see my face, I’m too … Continue reading

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Edward Lear and Edward Gibbon

On 2 January 1882 Edward Lear wrote in his diary that he “took a Gibbon’s Rise & Fall up to Mrs. Welfords” and then at the bottom of the page added a limerick obviously inspired by this event: the poem … Continue reading

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Carolyn Wells’s Lovely Lilly

Carolyn Wells often contributed to the children’s sections of newspapers in the first decade of the XX century. One of the weirdest of these contributions was no doubt Adventures of Lovely Lilly, which ran in the Sunday New York Herald from December 1906 … Continue reading

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Peter Newell, A Sentimental Poem

If I should write a sentiment, The best I could invent, ‘Twould not be worth a dime, I fear — That is — a cent, I ment. Peter Newell Peter Newell, Autograph Poem Signed, “Peter Newell,” one page, March 15, … Continue reading

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Peter Newell, The Educated Love Bird

Peter Newell, “The Educated Love Bird.” The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 6, September 1905, p. 715.

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Carolyn Wells, The Troubled Whale

Carolyn Wells, “The Troubled Whale.” Illustrated by J.M. Condé. The Metropolitan Magazine, vol. XXII no. 5, August 1905, p. 545.

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