Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Narrative Magazine: Clerihew Contest

Mr. Ahlquist, Narrative is an online literary magazine. They do contests every other week or so. This one is for Clerihews. Thought you might like to see it.

H/T: Paul H.
SHORT, FUNNY, AND BIOGRAPHICAL, the clerihew poem tells a story in four lines, following the rhyme scheme AABB. The English novelist Edmund Clerihew Bentley invented the form at age sixteen, when he wrote a poem about inventor Sir Humphry Davy:
Sir Humphry Davy
Abominated gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.
In his memoir Unpacking the Boxes, Donald Hall recounts a clerihew once written about him by a fellow poet:
Donald Hall
Is fat and tall
But the ego within the matter
Is taller and fatter.
This week, Puzzler challenges you to a clerihew competition. To be true to the form, your poem must follow the four-line AABB rhyme scheme and must be biographical and, preferably, funny.
Send your clerihew to Puzzler by Monday noon, Pacific Daylight Time. You may enter as many clerihews as you wish.
ALL WINNERS will receive a three-month subscription
to Narrative Backstage or a digital edition of 18 Lies and
3 Truths.

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