September 2019 Poetry Club Part One

I was falling into a rut of similar poems and so I decided to break my habit. I memorized “The Owl and the PussyCat” by Edward Lear, (after considering Jabberwocky) which is considered to be part of the Victorian trend of “nonsense verse.” It was published in Lear’s 1871 collection Nonsense Songs, Stories, Botany, and Alphabets.

There is a bit of a story regarding this poem. In 1968 I was Queen of Children’s Fairlyland in Oakland. My duties included promo appearances, such as going to the Lake Merritt Men’s Breakfast Club (thanks Mom for driving me everywhere) and posing for a photo shoot to announce the new set to be built in Fairlyland. Then, my cat was featured for the dedication, although he wasn’t much of a hit because he was terrified as you can see from the photo.

The rest of the poems will be up next Friday!