Poems Should be Funny

I like poems that
make me laugh. Sublimity
is overpriced. Earth

can’t take more sublim-
ity. Laughter is a be-
yond-within thing (what

is so funny now?).
Once we take our eye off the
prize laughter may save

us. Otherwise we’re
doomed. It’s no joke when poets
smile through gritted teeth.

Author: Tom D'Evelyn

Tom D'Evelyn is a private editor and writing tutor in Cranston RI and, thanks to the web, across the US and in the UK. He can be reached at tom.develyn@comcast.net. D'Evelyn has a PhD in Comparative Literature from UC Berkeley. Before retiring he held positions at The Christian Science Monitor, Harvard University Press, Boston University and Brown University. He ran a literary agency for ten years, publishing books by Leonard Nathan and Arthur Quinn, among others. Before moving to Portland OR he was managing editor at Single Island Press, Portsmouth NH. He blogs at http://tdevelyn.com and other sites.

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