August 4th, 2006

Egrets Reading


Sometimes my sense of humor transcends my personal poetic sensibilities.

A friend of mine he showed me a copy of Haiku U. From Aristotle to Zola, 100 Great Books in 17 Syllables by David M. Bader.

As serious haiku, frankly the book doesn't cut it. But as comedy in 17 syllables, it's priceless. Bader basically summarizes 100 famous books in 17 syllables, and some of his summaries are absolutely hysterical.

I wish I could have found a couple of them online someplace so I could give you a link. I’m particularly fond of his take on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, Vatsayana’s Kama Sutra, and George Bernard Shaw’s Saint Joan.

Tonight I saw another free play put on by Shakespeare by the Sea, The Comedy of Errors.

If I were to try to add an entry to Bader’s book, my attempt would be:

The Comedy of Errors
by William Shakespeare

Separated twins
with identical servants,
irritate the wife.