Monday, May 31, 2010

"Replica" by Marvin Bell

The Poetry Foundation put "Replica" by Marvin Bell on their Facebook page today. It seems rather appropriate for Memorial Day, actually.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Physics for [plagiarists]

You know, sometimes imitation isn't the best form of flattery. It's plagiarism. You'd think that Columbia University's General Studies Valedictorian Brian Corman would know what plagiarism is since it's kinda important in college to, you know, not do that. Except that he did, during his largely masturbatory speech about how wonderful he and his fellow classmates are, plop Patton Oswalt's "Physics for Poets" bit right in the middle of his speech as if he'd written it himself. But hey, maybe they don't cover plagiarism in the General Studies department because it's not general enough.

Corman's speech starts at about 34 minutes in (yes, MINUTES. It's the longest video in YouTube history, I think), though if you want to watch him being introduced for added irony, start at 31 minutes.

Via Videogum.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Free iPoetry

The Poetry Foundation now as a free app for the iPhone. No doubt there was tremendous demand for this. Still, if I had an iPhone, I would totally get it.

Dance [Monkey] Dance

While I am not a fan of the band Dance Gavin Dance (I am not an anti-fan or anything, I'm just not into their style of music), they do have some of the coolest t-shirts of any band I know, including this monkey one.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Sloth orphans!

From the video description: "Filmed at the Aviaros del Caribe sloth sanctuary in Costa Rica - the world's only sloth orphanage. Baby 2 and 3 toed sloths, whose mothers have either been run over or zapped by power lines, are brought to the sanctuary."

Meet the sloths from Amphibian Avenger on Vimeo.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Everlasting gorilla love

Gorilla and caretaker reunion. Amazing.

Via Huffington Post.

Hey, there's a monkey on your back. Like, forever.

A compendium of primate tattoos via Maxim. I've seen some of these before (the ones that use bellybuttons as monkey buttholes, for example -- what the fuck is wrong with people?), but some I have not. Many are astounding, though few in a good way.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Monkey and Poetry Convergence: Japan edition

This is close enough to poetry to me, and it's from a sign in Japan, which is where a monkey touched me.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Primates and friends

On Videogum there's a post about Roman Polanski and new sexual abuse allegations against him. In the comment thread there are many pictures of adorable animal odd couples. The title of the post is, after all, "New Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Roman Polanski Surface Or Pet Worlds Colliding" lets people choose whether they want to focus on cute animals or child rape. Several commentators used photos featuring primates. So I have rounded those up and included them with links to their origin. You are welcome.

Freud's guide to Mother's Day

Yes, Mother's Day has come and gone this year, but I just stumbled upon "Sigmund Freud's Step-By-Step Guide to a Perfect Mother's Day" By Paul Kleinman on the McSweeney's website. Number 15 on the list is, "Read a selection of Robert Frost poems to her." Out of context this is not creepy at all.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Poetry from God

From God's mouth to this woman's ears to her fingers to her computer to a bunch of files burned on disc that you can buy with cash dollars.

From Regretsy, of course.

Daniel "Poet Man" Songer

He had a dream of a show called The Dan Poet Man Show. And for some reason that didn't work out.

Via Videogum.

Glenn Beck's "paranoid Nazi comparison using poetry"

Lewis Black calls out Glenn Beck for his Nazi Tourettes. "He can even make a paranoid Nazi comparison using poetry," Black says.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

My friends are inside of Spinning Jenny

Megan Levad and Emily Kendal Frey have poems in the latest issue of Spinning Jenny, which came out in March. And I am just hearing about this now because why? You know what they say, you snooze you lose poetry.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Bad Poetry Oh Noetry t-shirt by Toothpaste for Dinner

You should totally buy this shirt. I have it in orange. We could be twins. In a not-really-twins-at-all-but-have-the-same-shirt way.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Bill Murray reading poetry to construction workers?

Of course. Especially if they're the construction workers who built Poets House. And they loooooooooove it, if by loving it I mean not loving it so much. Who's idea was this?

Via Slog.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monkey and Poetry Convergence: Stay At Home Mama D edition

I've got a mom blog. Today's entry includes a sad reference to Sylvia Plath's children and mention of my newborn son's monkey feet.