|catalan translation (issue 10)|
|Ronald Koertge - 3 Poems|
|Ronald Koertge lives in South Pasadena, California, where he is professor of English at Pasadena City College. Koertge has written a novel, The Boogeyman, a lot of young adult novels, including Arizona Kid, Mariposa Blues, Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright, and Confess-O-Rama, as well as poetry collections like Dairy Cows, Life on the Edge of the Continent: Selected Poems, and Making Love to Rogets Wife (University of Arkansas Press).|
||1: Q and A
Q and A
What exactly is a thesaurus?
A thesaurus is like a thousand
reunions, all in the same hotel, but each
one in a separate ballroom. A dictionary,
on the other hand, is like the Army where
everyone lines up for roll call.
Do words have feelings?Because of one picture, a thousand words
are burdened with low self-esteem.
How can I have a large vocabulary?Exercise. Start with air, leaf, inch; then
increase slowly. Be patient and careful.
The first time you try incarnadine,
have someone spot you.
Do words die?Absolutely. I remember the funeral
of a go-go. She looked completely natural
in her black boots, mini-skirt, and fringed
How can I remember the parts of speech?Picture a fancy restaurant: an adjective
lights the cigarette of a noun. Two adverbs
accompany a verb to the rest room. An
article holds the door; a preposition hands
the verb a warm hand-towel.
Here is the handyman with black legs
Cute, but no real grasp of the agricultural
And no wonder! Whoever heard of The Nobel
Perhaps some gland does it. Subdued
After Jesus raised him from the dead
"Dont shake hands," advised one guest,
Pretty soon they had him sitting nine yards
Finally he moved back to the tomb,
Gods name in vain on his cracked and loamy lips.
Koertge This electronic version of "Q and
A," "Coloring," and "Lazarus" is published by The Barcelona
Review by arrangement with the author. These poems may not be
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These three poems were first published in the authors poetry collection Making Love to Rogets Wife, published by the University of Arkansas Press, 1997. Book ordering: Amazon.com
"Q and A" also appears in Gargoyle #41 (see BR review).
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