Q&A: Clifton Webb

Tell us about Clifton Webb!

It’s the stage name of Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck, who was an early-mid-twentieth-century American actor. His manner is mimicked by the dog Mr. Peabody on The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show

What is a “low-definition attorney?”

A cross between a television set and a lawyer. 

The last line of the poem is a faux-Greek transcription of the previous lines. Why Greek letters? We found ourselves enjoying the humor in this poem, but couldn’t quite explain how it works. Can you?



This poem originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Poetry magazine

December 2011

Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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