This year is just the worst. In honor of our late Bartender Emeritus, Judy Griffin, write a poem that starts out heavy, but finishes funny. Then go back and edit the funny out, adding another dose of heavy. This is inspired by Judy occasionally pouring half a glass of vodka for someone, meaning to come back and tonic water, but instead, coming back and filling the rest of the glass with vodka.
Bonus points for successfully using the phrase "Ya sista's ass!"
Long time regular, Jack McCarthy passed away this week. In his honor, we invite you to simply listen to your local open mic, and, perhaps share one of his poems.
If you’ve ever thought that your dull, thriftstore landscape painting needed a little spicing up, then you weren’t the only one. Check out this Slate article about artists adding monsters to boring landscapes…
Want to try your hand? Try taking a dull poem, perhaps one about tea (our bartender, a natural enemy of tea, suggests Billy Collins), and put your own monster in it.
The balloon man is handing out free balloons to the children. When each takes one, the balloon lifts the child up, up, and away. Where do they go? What happens to them?
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Inspired by a line in a poem by Alexander Nemser, explain why can’t your parents ever be president?
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