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Today when I went there to eat,
they served up some monkey meat.
I ran out quick when I nearly got sick,
but then I went back to my seat.
The lunchroom ladies sighed
to see that I practically cried,
then served up a hunk of
barbecued skunk,
and that was the reason I died.
I died! I died! I died!

Text © Kenn Nesbitt, reprinted from Revenge of the Lunch Ladies , published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Mike & Carl Gordon. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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Love, An Index tells a beautiful and heartbreaking story, and at the heart of it is some of the most original and interesting poetry that I’ve come across in a long time.

Once I attended a poetry reading, in which one of the host professor-poets rambled on about how unique the reading poet’s voice was. The professor-poet said that if you write poems about your dead grandmother, you shouldn’t be writing poetry. I realized that this line of thinking was pretty common in the poetry community: cliches like that mean you aren’t really serious about the art.

21 essays on various themes and how the theme is treated in individual poems (86 poets are represented).   Table of contents: -- Introduction -- Art and Beauty -- Civilization -- Family Relations -- Freedom and Slavery -- The Individual and Society -- Innocence and Experience -- Life and Death -- Loss -- Love and Sex -- Memory -- Nature -- Obligations and Choices -- Poetry -- The Self -- Skepticism and Belief -- Suffering and Joy   - Thought and Perception -- Time and Change -- Tradition and Heritage -- Truth and Appearance -- War -- Appendix: Biographical Sketches -- Bibliography -- Index

The last index in the book is a subject index.   Under each subject is a list of authors and the poems they have written about that subject that can be found in collected works. Also includes indexes for poem’s title, first line, last line, and author.

The last index in the book is a subject index.   Under each subject is a list of authors and the poems they have written about that subject that can be found in poetry anthologies.  Also includes indexes for poem’s title, first line, last line, and author.

Today when I went there to eat,
they served up some monkey meat.
I ran out quick when I nearly got sick,
but then I went back to my seat.
The lunchroom ladies sighed
to see that I practically cried,
then served up a hunk of
barbecued skunk,
and that was the reason I died.
I died! I died! I died!

Text © Kenn Nesbitt, reprinted from Revenge of the Lunch Ladies , published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Mike & Carl Gordon. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.

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Love, An Index tells a beautiful and heartbreaking story, and at the heart of it is some of the most original and interesting poetry that I’ve come across in a long time.

Once I attended a poetry reading, in which one of the host professor-poets rambled on about how unique the reading poet’s voice was. The professor-poet said that if you write poems about your dead grandmother, you shouldn’t be writing poetry. I realized that this line of thinking was pretty common in the poetry community: cliches like that mean you aren’t really serious about the art.

Today when I went there to eat,
they served up some monkey meat.
I ran out quick when I nearly got sick,
but then I went back to my seat.
The lunchroom ladies sighed
to see that I practically cried,
then served up a hunk of
barbecued skunk,
and that was the reason I died.
I died! I died! I died!

Text © Kenn Nesbitt, reprinted from Revenge of the Lunch Ladies , published by Meadowbrook Press. Illustration © Mike & Carl Gordon. Any copying or use of this poem or illustration without consent is unlawful.



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