Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Poetry & Politics: Two Transliterations for Tuesday, July 28

Poetry & Popular Culture typically doesn't fill its, uh, pages with links directing you to other sites, but two messages in today's mailbox proved too rich to keep to ourselves. For your reading and viewing pleasure:

Via Lauren Berlant at the University of Chicago, we've discovered William Shatner's hilarious beatnik poem send-up of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's farewell speech—complete with moody attire, bongo drums and stand-up bass accompaniment on The Tonight Show.

And via Jeff Charis-Carlson at the Iowa City Press-Citizen, we've come upon Dahlia Lithwick's "306 Syllables on Sotomayor" which renders the Senate Judiciary Committee's hot air as haiku.


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