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I Hope It’s Toast

Alice Burdick Simple Master “Remembrance Day” I can’t help but read a pun on the name Kurt Weil in this passage. Large music comes from books, vile or Oklahoma. Cows fly in movies and dust heaps up mountains. If you … Continue reading

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Follow the Brush, Guide the Reading of Numberous

Thomas J. Harper Afterward to Jun’ichirō Tanizaki In Praise of Shadows One of the oldest and most deeply ingrained of Japanese attitudes to literary style holds that too obvious a structure is contrivance, that too orderly an exposition falsifies the … Continue reading

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A Set of Visual Puns

Wallace Edwards Mixed Beasts There is an appendix that gives a key made up of line drawings of some to the beasts to be found in the preceding colour illustrations. Here are a few drawn from the abecedarius order. Dandylion … Continue reading

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Pun: Hook, Line and Sinker

Madhur Anand New Index for Predicting Catastrophes “Nature Morte with Zoological Professor” The poem ends on a delightful jeux de mots invoking the homonymic possibilities of the bated/baited pair: “1 man / is going fishing today to forget about brains, … Continue reading

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Wry: using or expressing dry, especially mocking, humor

I have always gone through the mental motions of ducking when I finally unscramble the title of Rita Mae Brown’s book of poetry: The Hand That Cradles the Rock. Relish the irreverence of “The Great Pussblossom” is lobbed to the … Continue reading

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Led by the Nose

Cleverly designed ephemera. There’s a twinkle in the eyes from some small cutout triangles and of course there’s the nose inviting the reader to open the card to get at the words in a script as if written by hand. … Continue reading

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Writing the Line

Steno pads sometimes get buried in the book shelf which results in an asynchronous dialogue between entries distanced in time. For example, this entry from 2001 is revisited in 2002. 13/03/01 Rumi has a line about being the moisture in … Continue reading

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Purrfect Pun

In the age of cat videos, one comes across an apt little bit of verse from John S. Crosbie in Crosbie’s Book of Punned Haiku. (New York: Workman Publishing, 1979). There is nothing worse Than poems about cute cats It … Continue reading

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Let Us

The image is from a greeting card copyright 1981 with the following credits: created by Scott Alyn and artist June Wood. The card came with seeds. The punning didn’t stop at the cover. Inside were planting instructions: Lettuce Seeds Plant … Continue reading

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Puns and Nonesuch

Signage that is memorable. There are the magnificent murals of Pour Boy. Where one assumes that a poor boy (or girl) can quaff a modestly priced brew. Apiecalypse Now! – That’s pie as in pizza in case you missed the … Continue reading

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