Salt, A World History is not as boring a book as it may sound. It’s full of salty little tidbits, like this passage:
Edmund Clerihew Bentley, a British author of crime novels who lived from 1875 to 1956, wrote these lines, it is said, while in a chemistry class:
Sir Humphry Davy
He lived in odium
Of having discovered sodium.
This was the first verse type known as a clerihew. . .*
A clerihew is a biographical 4 line verse, the first verse being the name of the subject. It’s rhymed AABB, it’s meter can be as screwed up as you like. I have made 3 memorial clerihews and one just because.
Sound the claxon!
His million fans wept
And with boys he slept
Who wasn’t Willie Mays
Lived the entrepreneurial dream
by selling lotsa Oxy-Clean
Had a six million dollar man, then lost it
Got the stepmom deal
With Tatum O’Neal
5 kids trailing
So foxy to the conservative and staid
that in her honor, porno is made
P.S. I wasn’t sure if this should go here or The Game Room. I chose here because it’s about a book and poetry. Stupid poetry but poetry just the same.