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Feb. 21st, 2007 | 09:30 pm

This kerfluffle involving a scrotum
And some nutty librarians
-- note 'em:
You think speech is free?
That's a phallusy.
Bag the words that you want, they won't tote 'em.

I'm still convinced that librarians are, by and large, our friends. In order to make it possible for them to stock that Newberry Award winning book, we need to accustom people to the word "scrotum." To which end, I'm announcing a contest for most creative use of the word "scrotum" in a poem or limerick.

Go nuts in the comments. The deadline is midnight tomorrow.

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Leah Bobet

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from: leahbobet
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
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Scrotum
(a sonnet)

The English language moves, akin to sperm
in ways mysterious to contemplate;
Each phrase for manly parts, it has its term:
its rise and fall, its length and width and date.
But what if a once rigid word must fall
and cease to stand erect betwixt our lips?
Vernacular is brought low, that once tall
graced page and tongue -- our very language trips.
Where else do balls belong but libraries?
O bastions of collegiate night romance
Where 'tween stacks of dusty philosophies
The gentle scrotum 'scapes so oft its pants?
So mock not the kindly word, the sweet scrota
But pronounce it daily, weekly: set a quota.

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Marsha

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from: msisolak
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
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*applauds wildly*

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Leah Bobet

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from: leahbobet
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
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This is, of course, totally your fault. :p

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Rae Carson

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from: raecarson
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 04:53 am (UTC)
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*has tears*

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Jenny Rae Rappaport

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from: eiriene
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
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I have X-posted it to my blog, whereby many others can adore your sonnet (given proper authorial credit, of course).

http://litsoup.blogspot.com/2007/02/scrotum-appreciation-day.html

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Leah Bobet

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from: leahbobet
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
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heee, thank you! Glad you liked!

(now I sorta want to try a sestina...)

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Jenny Rae Rappaport

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from: eiriene
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 06:24 am (UTC)
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Oooh, you should definitely try the sestina! Now I'm encouraged to go out and write poetry about scrotum too... (I haven't written poetry since I graduated from college two years ago, with a degree in Creative Writing that I obtained by "specializing" in poetry. None of my poems have ever had positive reactions about publication though, so I think that's why I largely stopped writing them.)

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Leah Bobet

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from: leahbobet
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
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Do it! It's fun!

(And I stopped for a great many years, and then just picked it up again one day out of nowhere. I'm still not sure why.)

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James Stevens-Arce

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from: jim0052
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 06:08 pm (UTC)
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Where's that sestina you promised us eight hours ago?

::twiddles thumbs::

::drums fingers::

::taps foot::

Hmm?

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Leah Bobet

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from: leahbobet
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)
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I went to bed! *g*

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James Stevens-Arce

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from: jim0052
date: Feb. 22nd, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)
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For inspiration?

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Aug. 5th, 2008 02:05 am (UTC)
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I just came back and reread this piece of genius yet again. Did you ever send it to a market where others might cup it in their hands and partake of the delight of it? Or even jam it into some convenient slot on the web where it might enjoy the pleasure of it?

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Leah Bobet

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from: leahbobet
date: Aug. 5th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
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Nah -- I figured it was both here and on Jenny's blog, and that was published enough that no market would want it. :)

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C. C. Finlay

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from: ccfinlay
date: Aug. 5th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
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You may underestimate how desirable it is.

And, although it goes without saying, if you want me to take it down so you can submit it somewhere, I will be happy to do so.

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Leah Bobet

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from: leahbobet
date: Aug. 5th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
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No need -- it's occasional verse, and I'm happy for it to keep as occasional verse. :)

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