I began higher education as a music major. After that, I traveled lovingly through comparative religion and ultimately graduated with a degree in Drama and Speech, though I always planned to be a writer. Meanwhile, I took acting and other performing classes.
I was not a great actress. Not terrible. Just wasn’t my thing. I was, however a pretty good public speaker and oral reader.
Several assignments involved performing poetry. I was 17 or 18. Most of my mates at school were a bit older. Not much. Maybe 19 or 20. They felt obliged to perform great literary pieces … Browning, Shakespeare. Victorian and Elizabethan poets were particularly favored. A few opted for Edgar Allen Poe, thus achieving unintentionally comedic results.
Me? Lewis Carroll and T.S. Elliott were my beacons. I loved Jabberwocky, The Walrus and the Carpenter and Macavity The Cat. I just couldn’t take myself so seriously. I left passion, romance and heroic epic poetry to braver souls. I went with amphigory, my favorite kind of poetry then and now.
Even today, given the slightest hint of encouragement, I can be convinced to burst into an awesome recitation of any of these poems, one of which I now present to you … but don’t think this is over. Oh no, you won’t get off this easily. I have more. Lots more.
- ForThePromptless – S. 3, E. 3 – Amphigory (thequeencreative.wordpress.com)
- The lighter side of old age (hattie.typepad.com)
- Daily Prompt: Back to School to Get My Doctorate in Life (teepee12.com)
- 2013 Macavity Award Nominees (seattlemysteryblog.typepad.com)
- Moody (teepee12.com)
- Teddy My Bear (teepee12.com)
- Serendipitous random post finder now available! (teepee12.com)
- Tree Against the Sky (teepee12.com)