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Bananaconda inventor is preferred poet of kids [US]:
The birth of the bananaconda was an accident of insomnia, cable television, and tropical produce.

"Books happen in odd ways," said poet Jack Prelutsky, creator of the bananaconda, a constrictor with the skin of a fruit. [...]

Prelutsky was recently named the first ever "Children's Poet Laureate," by the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation. It's a title, complete with $25,000 cash prize and an inscribed medallion, he will hold for two years, a sort of blessed community service that compels him to give two major public readings and act as adviser, ambassador and pollinator of his art. [...]
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At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied:

Now men as a rule think that 'clean'
is something you do to demean
a comfortable room
with rampaging broom,
obscuring the damn TV screen.
Find other interesting political and social poems from a retired circus clown at torkildsontim.blogspot.com    



At 10:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous replied:

I want to read any article with a section title like: "Underwear, flatulence, boogers." Thanks for posting this. I had no idea there had been such a big splash since Shel Silverstein. When I think about children's literature, I often forget how fun and important poems can be for kids, which is silly, considering how much I adored poetry when I was one.    



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