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December 07, 2009

Carry On My Wayward Sun: Al Gore Poetry Slam!

I saw a couple of references to this in the comments, and a mention in the headline of an email; just saw now what the heck people are talking about.

He wrote this as the introduction to the new tree-killing apocalypse-hastening book he just wrote called Our Choice. Vanity Fair calls it "odd" that none of the reviewers mention the poem; I don't call it odd at all. I call it doing a solid for a retard you're fond of, like not pointing out he has ice cream cake all over his head.

Full Poem now added, courtesy of Reverend Al's Muse.


One thin September soon
A floating continent disappears
In midnight sun

Vapors rise as
Fever settles on an acid sea
Neptune's bones dissolve

Snow glides from the mountain
Ice fathers floods for a season
A hard rain comes quickly

Then dirt is parched
Kindling is placed in the forest
For the lightning's celebration

Unknown creatures
Take their leave, unmourned
Horsemen ready their stirrups

Passion seeks heroes and friends
The bell of the city
On the hill is rung

The shepherd cries
The hour of choosing has arrived
Here are your tools

Here's what Vanity Fair says about the poem:

The result is a surprisingly accomplished, nuanced piece of writing. The images Gore conjures in his (untitled) poem turn a neat trick: they are visually specific and emotionally arresting even as they are scientifically accurate.

Here's what I have to say:

Reviewers fail to mention
Gore's descent into sophomoric senility
Hide the decline

I do admit "lightning's celebration" isn't so bad. But pretty much any amateur college Poetry 101 attendee comes up with a similar successful mix-and-match word pairing like every third assignment.

Oh! It seems like I shouldn't even have to say this, but I hereby decree another Al Gore Poetry Jam Slam!

Remember, this is just an exhibition, not a competition.

Re-Post: The first post ever on this site-- apart from a post that simply said "Test" -- was "The Donkey," a parody of The Raven, mostly about Al Gore.

It's a bit dated -- looking, as it did, forward to the 2004 elections -- but I still think it's pretty good. Here's the link: Caution: Flagrant Potty-Mouth and General Puerility.



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