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 We've asked you guys to to illustrate your favorite books, quotes, and the like. Now we're getting all hippie, liberal art school on you. We want you to illustrate your favorite poems, or lines from poems, and slap 'em on a t-shirt. Unless it's Bukowski. We're not sure we want to see that. 

 

No pop culture riffs. Keep it original.
No text.
Include your poem of choice in the title of your design.



j5


quality posts: 63 Private Messages j5

There once was a man from Nantucket.

move along

SkekTek


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Poetry... o noetry...

SkekTek


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j5 wrote:There once was a man from Nantucket.



Hickory Dckory Dock...

no1


quality posts: 7 Private Messages no1

"here i sit broken hearted,
paid my dime and only f..... ."

yellowflower


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Ooooooooooh!

I'm hoping for some "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" entries. Particularly the line, "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."

Poem here:
http://www.bartleby.com/198/1.html

spacegirlag


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i'd love to see something with "do not go gentle into that good night\...\rage, rage against the dying of the light"...

could be legen-wait for it-dary.

bellisperennis


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William Carlos Williams FTW!

Red wheelbarrows, anyone? Hope I'm not the only one who knows that poem...

Anything by t.s. eliot would be awesome as well.

missmissa07


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Majored in creative writing with a poetry focus in college. This derby may be the derby to get me back into derbying.

I'm counting on you, shirt.woot! Make me want to spend $36 next weekend!

missmissa07


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bellisperennis wrote:William Carlos Williams FTW!

Red wheelbarrows, anyone? Hope I'm not the only one who knows that poem...

Anything by t.s. eliot would be awesome as well.



Oh dear lord, The Red Wheelbarrow.

I hate that poem so much, but I would buy a shirt about it in an instant because the obscure reference would make me lol every time I wore it.

tanglewood512


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Two poems that I like that might serve as shirt inspiration for folks are:

John Gillespie Magee Jr's High Flight and Alfred Lord Tennyson's Crossing the Bar.

skahfee


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Woooo, cool. I've been looking for a good derby to start participating. Maybe this is the one!

chennai8


quality posts: 2 Private Messages chennai8

Let's nevermore do it again.

neyfam2000 wrote:Woot!--going from "Deal-a-day" to "Site-a-day"

Mavyn


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Baxter Black, anyone? :D

My speech is not parsing. I am speaking in ellipsis.

cdrewlow


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So really no Bukowski? That's the first man I thought of...

rockymike


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I call The Raven. No one has done that before, right?

Yeah, so there's that...

dracokitty


quality posts: 0 Private Messages dracokitty

Do Epic Poems count?

omarfeliciano


quality posts: 35 Private Messages omarfeliciano
rockymike wrote:I call The Raven. No one has done that before, right?



You should do it with black ink on a asphalt tee. That'll look cool...

Narfcake


quality posts: 287 Private Messages Narfcake
rockymike wrote:I call The Raven. No one has done that before, right?


Never!

lisabethjo


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This must be in honor of the Raven's 4th anniversary.

amreli


quality posts: 8 Private Messages amreli

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."


Krisis86


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Oh for the love of all that is holy and/or not holy as he was atheist somebody please please please please PLEASE do a TS Eliot poem!

I will buy it. And snuggle it. And love it. For-EVAR.

Another good one is "As I Went Out One Evening" by WH Auden.

"...And down by something river
I heard two lovers sing
Under the arch of a railway
"Love has no ending

I'll love you dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet
Till the river jumps over the mountain
and the salmon sing in the street

I'll love you until the ocean is folded and hung out to dry
And the seven stars go squawking like geese about in the sky..."


SOUNDS ALL INNOCENT, RIGHT?

BUT NO. BAM.

"But all the clocks in the city
Began to whirr and chime:
'O let not Time deceive you,
You cannot conquer Time.

'In the burrows of the Nightmare
Where Justice naked is,
Time watches from the shadow
And coughs when you would kiss."


Full text http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15551

I changed my mind. Someone do that poem. And stay away from Robert Frost. Specifically that one poem. You know what I mean.

juliaL719


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Oh that my drawing abilities translated to the computer.

My two favorites?

"The Naked and The Nude", by Robert Graves (likely won't translate well to shirts)

and

"Siren Song", by Margaret Atwood, which could make for an absolutely fantastic shirt.

This is the one song everyone
would like to learn: the song
that is irresistible:

the song that forces men
to leap overboard in squadrons
even though they see beached skulls

the song nobody knows
because anyone who had heard it
is dead, and the others can’t remember.
Shall I tell you the secret
and if I do, will you get me
out of this bird suit?
I don’t enjoy it here
squatting on this island
looking picturesque and mythical
with these two feathery maniacs,
I don’t enjoy singing
this trio, fatal and valuable.

I will tell the secret to you,
to you, only to you.
Come closer. This song

is a cry for help: Help me!
Only you, only you can,
you are unique

at last. Alas
it is a boring song
but it works every time.

Krisis86


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amreli wrote:"The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep."



I love that one. I will allow this Frost poem. But not the other one.

bellisperennis


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Krisis86 wrote:"I'll love you dear, I'll love you
Till China and Africa meet
Till the river jumps over the mountain
and the salmon sing in the street

I'll love you until the ocean is folded and hung out to dry
And the seven stars go squawking like geese about in the sky..."



That sounds just strange enough, it would make for a perfect edgarrmcherly design (see http://shirtwhat.com/archive_a.php?artist=edgarrmcherly)

lyonscc


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“haiku are easy,
But sometimes they don't make sense,
Refrigerator.”

-William Sh atner

elinox


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missmissa07 wrote:Oh dear lord, The Red Wheelbarrow.

I hate that poem so much



Same here. Evil red wheelbarrow! *shudders*

Also, any rules about using our own poetry to illustrate?

"You're the best kind of crazy." -Murphy

sundbe10


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I feel Patrick Spens should probably do this one...

"The Ballad of Sir Patrick Spens"

The King sits in Dunfermline town,
Drinking the blood-red wine;
"O where shall I get a skeely skipper
To sail this ship or mine?"

Then up and spake an eldern knight,
Sat at the King's right knee:
"Sir Patrick Spens is the best sailor
That ever sailed the sea."

The King has written a broad letter,
And sealed it with his hand,
And sent it to Sir Patrick Spens,
Was walking on the strand.

"To Noroway, to Noroway,
To Noroway o'er the foam;
The King's daughter of Noroway,
'Tis thou must fetch her home."

The first line that Sir Patrick read,
A loud laugh laughed he;
The next line that Sir Patrick read,
The tear blinded his ee.

"O who is this has done this deed,
Has told the King of me,
To send us out at this time of the year,
To sail upon the sea? ...

There's more but you get the idea

paigeg


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spacegirlag wrote:i'd love to see something with "do not go gentle into that good night\...\rage, rage against the dying of the light"...

could be legen-wait for it-dary.


That would make for a great Drakxxx/CrescentDebris collab, but we haven't seen them around these here parts much of late.

krandaller


quality posts: 1 Private Messages krandaller

Is it too much to hope for less-popular shirt colors to win so that the derby prints will be on AA? My English-degreed, too-small-for-Anvil body would be overjoyed.

Spiritgreen


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Great theme.

I started to think Edward Lear's nonsense poems would make an interesting shirt, and then as I read some tonight it reminded me how much they unnerved me as a kid. The Jumblies going to sea in a sieve, and so on. :/

Dolemite


quality posts: 1 Private Messages Dolemite

I'm assuming that covers all types of poetry, including urban toasts and rap?

xazothia


quality posts: 54 Private Messages xazothia

this many comments and nobody mentioned Ginsburg? really?

xazothia


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yellowflower wrote:Ooooooooooh!

I'm hoping for some "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" entries. Particularly the line, "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons."

Poem here:
http://www.bartleby.com/198/1.html



In high school, our english teacher actually played us an audio recording of Eliot reading this. It was pretty awesome.

citizencoyote


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I wonder if the Jabberwock is too pop-culture, and how many Jabberwockys we'll see.

benjaminleebates


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The nice thing about a Jabberwocky...
There's no wrong way.

nighsparrow


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Would love to see a design based on "The Emperor of Ice-Cream," which seems to be about ice cream, but is actually a funeral poem. Lots of creepy sweetness.


The Emperor Of Ice-Cream

Call the roller of big cigars,
The muscular one, and bid him whip
In kitchen cups concupiscent curds.
Let the wenches dawdle in such dress
As they are used to wear, and let the boys
Bring flowers in last month's newspapers.
Let be be finale of seem.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

Take from the dresser of deal.
Lacking the three glass knobs, that sheet
On which she embroidered fantails once
And spread it so as to cover her face.
If her horny feet protrude, they come
To show how cold she is, and dumb.
Let the lamp affix its beam.
The only emperor is the emperor of ice-cream.

-- Wallace Stevens

ChronoSquall14


quality posts: 39 Private Messages ChronoSquall14

I just hope at least one non-Raven shirt gets printed.

If it happens to be an Eliot, well, bully for Woot. And all of us.

Spiritgreen


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citizencoyote wrote:I wonder if the Jabberwock is too pop-culture, and how many Jabberwockys we'll see.



That's a good question. Jabberwocky is from Through the Looking Glass, so maybe that does qualify it as pop-culture rather than pure poetry? What about Dr Seuss's rhyming passages, Tolkien's poems that can be found throughout the LotR trilogy or Vogon poems from Hitchhikers? (ode to a piece of green putty...)

As usual I'm glad I'm not the one drawing the line.

Mavyn


quality posts: 22 Private Messages Mavyn

Shel Silverstein? a lot of whimsy there!

My speech is not parsing. I am speaking in ellipsis.