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."
Illusions!


Read it all here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/6525913.stm
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:
http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/
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...

Originally Published: April 5th, 2007

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.