The Essential Shakespeare, Volume XII: Space-Saver Sonnets

By George Starbuck 1931–1996 George Starbuck

purged of accretions & newly published in the corrected hemimeter version prepared under the general folgership of G. Starbuck

Poor Soul

Fly,
thief;
thy
fief-
dom
’s torched.

Come,
Cur.
Fetch!

Get
your
scorched
earth
worth.
Not Marble

This
word,   
whis-
pered,
shall
stand,
and

the   
Car-
rar-
a
mar-
ble
fall.

My Mistress’ Eyes Are Nothing

Yes,
Per-
fes-
ser,

snow
no
doubt
out-
does

her
et-
cet-
er-
as.
Like the Sun

She’s

not
some
flot-
sam
si-
mi-
les
from
Ly-
ly’s
Eu-
phu-
es.

Th’ Expense

Lust
is
just
mis-

er-
y,
wor-
ry

and
blame.
Brand-
name

dreck.
Ecch.
‘Notes on the Life, By the Late B. D. Browse.’

“Bill?
Lil?
’sme!
’s Will!

Key?
Natch.

Latch-
rope?
Nope.

Ope
Nup!

Yup.

You   
too.”

George Starbuck, “Space-Saver Sonnets” from The Works: Poems Selected from Five Decades. Copyright © 2003 by University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa). Reprinted with the permission of The University of Alabama Press.

Source: The Works: Poems Selected from Five Decades (2003)

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Poet George Starbuck 1931–1996

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Humor & Satire

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George Starbuck's songs of protest are usually concerned with love, war, and the spiritual temper of the times. John Holmes believes that "there hasn't been as much word excitement . . . for years," as one finds in Bone Thoughts. Harvey Shapiro points out that Starbuck's work is attractive because of its "witty, improvisational surface, slangy and familiar address, brilliant aural quality . . .," and adds that Starbuck may . . .

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SUBJECT Arts & Sciences, Poetry & Poets, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

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