Use Your Allusion
This is from the item about William McGonagall—by some lights, the world's "worst" poet—in today's PoFo News:
"I'm sure there will be a lot of interest in the paintings because they are presented almost in a comic book format with lots of buried jokes and illusions."
Read it all here:
And there's a whole website dedicated to McGonagall, where, if you're "a real glutton for punishment," you can sign up to have a bit of inimitable McG verse sent to you daily:
All together now:
Oh, mighty city of New York, you are wonderful to behold—
Your buildings are magnificent-- the truth be it told—
They were the only thing that seemed to arrest my eye,
Because many of them are thirteen storeys high;
And as for Central Park, it is lovely to be seen—
Especially in the summer season when its shrubberies are green...
Ed Park is the author of the novel Personal Days (Random House, 2008) and a founding editor of The Believer. His work most recently appears in Bound to Last: 30 Writers on Their Most Cherished Book (Da Capo). He blogs at The Dizzies.