A Quizzical Verse: Limericks Comic and Not

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Everyone knows about limericks--five short lines packed with twists and turns, comic rhymes, frequent tongue-twisters, and a rollicking meter that just won’t quit. In this book you will find nearly seventy limericks ranging from limericks about limericks, to limericks that explore oddly distorted views of history, to limericks that play with the frequent conundrums presented by English spelling.

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About Michael R. Collings

I am a professor emeritus of English at Pepperdine University in Malibu CA (although my retirement home is in southwestern Idaho). During my twenty-seven years at Pepperdine I taught everything from Freshman Composition to Advanced Grammar to Business Writing; from Survey of English Literature to Milton and the Epic; from Introduction to Creative Writing to Senior Seminars in Writing.

Along the way, I discovered the joys of writing, not just to meet requirements for graduate degrees or to insure tenure, but for myself--saying things in a way that might make my thoughts more interesting for readers and thereby invite them back into the books I talked about. Most of my academic writing relates to authors I love: John Milton, the great 17th-century English poet, on the one hand; Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Piers Anthony, and additional science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers on the other.

But my real love now is creative writing: novels, short stories, and most especially poetry. My offerings range from the three-line haiku found in Tissue Promises to a 6,500-line epic, The Nephiad. And everything in between.

Please let me know what you think at my website: http://www.starshineandshadows.com/

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Review by: Kendra Santa Cruz on Oct. 7, 2010 :
The cover of this book did not disappoint! I was hoping for real skill & a fun sense of humor and boy did I find it! Usually I look at limericks with one eye closed lest the author go places like “Nantucket” ;-) but this book I read with both eyes wide open (except for when I was blinking laugh tears out of my eyes ;-)!
I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to others in a heartbeat!
I found the history limericks a bit above my everyday knowledge but still enjoyable for the skill of the author!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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