...and says "Ow."
So, let's talk about jokes. Specifically, let's talk about them as entryways to a poem.
We all know more than a couple of truly awful jokes. The question is, how do we use one as a launching pad into a poem.
Could we extend the story, carry it on into a story? Two guys walk into a bar, then two more guys joined them. They did something poetric.
Or maybe it's a framework for commentary about the joke? Two guys walk into a bar. Now, why would they do that? It's a Friday night, didn't they have somewhere more poetic to go?
Maybe it reminds you of a story from your past. Two guys walk into a bar. I once walked into a bar in Johannesburg...
Find a joke. Think about it for a while. See how you can explore it and turn it inside out, make it rise above its humble origins.
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