Sunday, June 25, 2006

Poetry in the Bathroom
I’ve been toying with the idea of creating a cheap paperback bathroom book. It would be a sort of word-find, but with poetry. I think a series of these could make me very wealthy.

The book would contain at least 25 boring poems and only 1 interesting one. Readers would sit in the bathroom for twenty minutes and try to find the good poem. If they found it, they could circle it with a pencil.

The only thing holding me back is a fear of being sued by Poetry magazine for stealing their concept.

posted by Carl Bryant @ 12:32 PM   13 comments Literary Shirts

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At 2:40 PM, Blogger jayne d'Arcy said...

rofl I like the idea. It could be a companion book to the Uncle John's Bathroom Reader series.



At 3:33 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Thanks, Jayne. A sizable deposit will hold your copy indefinitely. Since it's poetry... I'm asking for fifty cents - but I'd probably settle for less.

For an extra nickel I will personally put a coffee ring on the cover.



At 6:58 PM, Blogger LKD said...

I laughed so hard just now at this post that I think I hurt myself and startled the hell out of my cat, too.

Ow. (grin)

Or, should I say: Me-OW.



At 7:17 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Great, Laurel... now Bob hates me, too. If karma were a real thing, my ass would be lightly browned and covered with jam.



At 7:27 PM, Blogger Christine Klocek-Lim said...

Heh. You should include a complimentary roll of toilet paper—with a clue to the good poem hidden in the middle.



At 9:59 PM, Blogger jayne d'Arcy said...

I want the coffee ring, a couple of crocodile tears, and a clue. Um... there's no slot here for my 50 cents.



At 1:02 AM, Blogger michi said...

LMAO carl!
there could be another edition, to tease people, where you tell them there is one good poem, but in truth all of them are bad. i'm sure there'd be some readers getting nightmares over this, yelling out "where's the good poem?" in their sleep!
i love your crazy ideas. :)



At 6:47 AM, Blogger SarahJane said...

would this book come with a pencil? cuz i need one.



At 12:10 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Christine, are you implying that I should print my poetry on toilet paper?

Jayne, you'll need to steal Microsoft Money and send it through Microsoft Hotmail.

Michi, I LOVE that idea. Keep them searching in vain... Kind of like when a poetry lover visits my archives.

Sarah, if you're self-confident... you could use a pen instead.



At 2:35 PM, Blogger Writing Blind said...

How about if you set it up like one of those "Choose Your Own Adventure" books, where if you make the right choices, you find the good poem but if you don't, you end up in a ditch covered in poisonous snakes or something. Just an idea.



At 4:19 PM, Blogger GC (God's Child) said...

re poetry magazine
thanks. I'm glad somebody said it. I thought I just didn't have good taste in poetry 'cause some of those poems seem so bad sometimes.



At 5:06 PM, Blogger Carl Bryant said...

Mags survive by printing big names. Unfortunately, when you choose poetry based solely on author credits... you rarely get the best work. Then the emperor's new clothes become mighty thin.



At 11:42 AM, Blogger jenni said...


You devil. I think we must've been seperated at birth.

You make me laugh.



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