Joined: Jan 2008 Posts: 4962 Location: Berryville, Virginia
Thanks: 1089 Thanked: 1060 times in 828 posts
Long John Milton
It might be time to trot out the jokes. There is a slim book by Milhail Horowitz, published by City Lights Press in 1978 (and doubtless out of print), called "Big League Poets." This is a book which should be a cult classic but probably isn't. As you have already imagined, the conceit here is our great world poets as baseball players. The illustrations are just as good (or as painfully bad) as the blurbs given to Homer, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dante, and many others. Our man of the hour is of course featured. J.M. is pictured at the top of his wind-up and is wearing a "Browns" jersey. His caption reads:
"As every schoolboy doubtless knows, LONG JOHN MILTON pitched for Paradise, and Paradise Lost."
_________________ Man is an animal suspended in webs of significance that he himself has spun.
Joined: Apr 2008 Posts: 2859 Location: Round Hill, VA
Thanks: 424 Thanked: 332 times in 253 posts
First, before I tell my joke -- I have to say I laugh (knowing what DWill actually looks like) each time I see the picture of Walt next to his moniker, DWill. Now my contribution -- just a small ha ha.
John Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained.
Okay, you can boo if you need to.
_________________ "may my mind stroll about hungry and fearless and thirsty and supple" - e.e. cummings
Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests
You cannot post new topics in this forum You cannot reply to topics in this forum You cannot edit your posts in this forum You cannot delete your posts in this forum You cannot post attachments in this forum
BookTalk.org is a free book discussion group or online reading group or book club. We read and talk about both fiction and non-fiction books as a group. We host live author chats where booktalk members can interact with and interview authors. We give away free books to our members in book giveaway contests. Our booktalks are open to everybody who enjoys talking about books. Our book forums include book reviews, author interviews and book resources for readers and book lovers. Discussing books is our passion. We're a literature forum, or reading forum. Register a free book club account today! Suggest nonfiction and fiction books. Authors and publishers are welcome to advertise their books or ask for an author chat or author interview.