The poetry of F.C. Meyer and why he is still discussed today

Discussed here: “The joy of ‘real’ bad poetry lies, of course, in the fact that it is unconsciously bad” but comes via Ace of Spades. It’s the kind of thing that makes me proud to be an Australian. And yet, the point of it all is not to be discouraged since Mr. F.C. Meyer did indeed have his poetry published, and it is only because of that rejection letter that his name has come to your attention all these years later.

So a bit of Mr Meyer’s poetry:

I think – I understand thee well,
Rub my nose now for a spell!

You at least have to admit it rhymes and although not perfect, the scansion seems OK. As for what the words mean, not even the editor at A&R could tell you that.

Might further mention that if you go to that Ace of Spades link you will also find this.

I’m Becoming a Big Fan of Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Is she the best Press Secretary we’ve ever had? Dunno about that, but she’s the perfect Press Sec for Trump. Not only did she tell reporters trying to gin up outrage over Trump calling Warren “Pocahontas” last week that what was outrageous was Warren falsely claiming to have Indian heritage, but then there is this:

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25 Responses to The poetry of F.C. Meyer and why he is still discussed today

  1. H B Bear

    That is how you treat journalists. Ridicule and contempt.

  2. stackja

    FC poem like magician.
    Sarah saying might be snarky fiction. But sounds true.

  3. lotocoti

    it rhymes and although not perfect, the scansion seems OK.

    Who cares if the rhyming ain’t clean nor the scansion OK, if the result is
    Stashed in a bloody great sack
    In your Cadillac.

  4. Ainsley H

    Boom. She’s a tough cookie!

  5. Biota

    As for what the words mean, not even the editor at A&R could tell you that.

    A poem called Maori Maiden, clearly a reference to the traditional Hongi Maori greeting of pressing nose and forehead to each other.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hongi

    In other words, C’mon how about a pash, we aren’t strangers.

  6. Not only has the White House has learned to treat the media with the utter contempt that they deserve, but they are being allowed and encouraged to do so.

    I just wish there was the same happening in Australia. It most definitely won’t happen while the most spineless PM in Australian history resides in office.

  7. Mrs Sanders’ wonderful riposte is a great example of the change Trump has ushered into the US.

  8. cuckoo

    File that Sarah Sanders zinger away with all the fake George W. Bush ‘quotes’. But it’s still good. She’s great: ABC vermin trawl for gotchas on her and come up with NOTHING.

  9. testpattern

    I think that I shall never see,
    A liar like Sarah Huckabee,
    She of the Wednesday Addams eyes.
    He tweets, she lies.

  10. Malcolm

    Sanders is pathetic a liar and cheat. Trump should disclose his tax returns just like every previous president including Obama. That Sanders is a birther doesnt surprise me. Just another example of Kates’ willfull blindness. Kates has zero credibility any more and is an utter embarrassment to the cat.

  11. Malcolm

    Only I-love-Trump Kates would manage to put in a reference to Trump in a blog about a 1928 book of poetry.

  12. Shy Ted

    That Meyer chap don’t make no sense
    He uses words like no-one could
    Lots of words that make no sense
    Does he think he’s Kevin Rudd?

  13. Texas Jack

    Better poetry in the numbers.

    US Unemployment down to 4.1%, with Friday’s payrolls the 86th consecutive month of expansion. Real growth on track for three quarters above 3%. All without impending tax reform or the longer run gains that inevitably stem from lowering energy input costs across an economy.

    Professor Kates may have seemed a bit crazy-brave with his love of Trump. But what if he was early and right?

  14. Crossie

    Even if that Sarah Huckabee Sanders riposte is not real it’s a warning to journalists how some questions are likely to be answered. In other words, don’t ask stupid questions.

    Somehow I doubt they will ever ask her what enchants her the most about her job.

  15. egg_

    Sanders is pathetic a liar and cheat. Trump should disclose his tax returns just like every previous president including Obama. That Sanders is a birther doesnt surprise me. Just another example of Kates’ willfull blindness. Kates has zero credibility any more and is an utter embarrassment to the cat.

    Is this an ALP Trollbot?

  16. Des Deskperson

    Barry Humphries’ anthology of, well,’naive’ Australian poetry, ‘Innocent Austral Verse’, c. 1968, contains several F C Meyers works and compared to many of the other selections in the book – Elsie Carew, Joseph Tishler, both published poets – they aren’t so bad.

    I’ve mislaid my copy so I am quoting from memory, but here is Mrs Carew’s eulogy for ALP politician Eddy Ward, obit. 1963:

    “A man of the people was he
    And sadly missed was he
    You’d take your troubles to him
    And pretty soon they [the troubles] would dim
    There’ll never be
    Another Eddy
    His body id gone
    But his sprit lives on.

    Another poem, put onto the mouth of a jilted bullockie, was titled ‘So Emma’s broke it off”.

  17. Makka

    Is this an ALP Trollbot?

    Not a very good one.

  18. Zatara

    Trump should disclose his tax returns just like every previous president including Obama.

    Rubbish.

    Only 7 of 43 US Presidents have released their tax returns. The ones who have done so did it to help their campaigns in some way. Trump chose not to because he had no need to. Deal with it.

  19. How many doses of crack do you have to snort before the ‘scansion seems ok?’Seems A&R were astute in their rejection of this dude.

  20. one old bruce

    And of course, in civilised public debate, it would be surprising if someone didn’t make some demeaning comment about Sanders’ appearance. At least in public debate since it was taken over by the Mean Girls schoolyard co-operative. Because who else judges people by how they look?

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    An apron displayed in Dunedin storefront said ‘Welsh and proud. A song in the heart and a poem in the soul.’ Da poem bit is true for you, says my own true Irish Hairy Ape, when I am considering purchasing it, but then he adds that da song stuff doesn’t stack up. Cheer up, he says by way of comfort, you are only half Welsh. At least he allows me poetry which is more than harsher critics gave to poor Mr. Myers.

    And LOL re Sander’s riposte about the pile of Obama’s missing docs.

  22. FelixKruell

    Very cute.

    But why would a President want to hide his tax returns? You’re really okay with a president remaining in effective control of a large private conglomerate whilst being President? No conflict issues?

  23. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I didn’t get the apron for the bigger truth is I am not much of a cook. No point drawing attention to that, we both agreed.

    Whereas there is considerable point in Trump’s people drawing attention to the media’s pass-giving to the multitude of Obama’s sins of documentary omissions.

  24. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    The bigger truth re Obama is that he was not much of a President.
    He got by on dentistry.

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