Holy Tango of Literature is a unique and captivating collection mimicking the great writers of literary history. This devilishly witty book has a twist: Each writer's name is rearranged as a title, creating the subject for a parody rendered in the author's style.
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When my english teacher said we were going to read a poem I immediately had the idea it was going to be something cryptic. But Holy Tango is the funniest book of poems I have ever read. We long bony dorks, a creative satire of Gwendolyn Brooks' We real cool, is hilarious. I really enjoyed these poems.
You must have this book. To wit, a sample of the brilliance within: the poem 'Skinny Domicile' by Emily Dickinson (actually by Francis Heaney, who wrote poems, plays, and short stories whose titles are anagrams of canonical writers' names; he mimicked their styles, meters, and other quirks perfectly) in full: 'I have a skinny Domicile-- / Its Door is very narrow. / 'Twill--keep--I hope--the Reaper out-- / His Scythe--and Bones--and Marrow. / Since Death is not a portly Chap, / The Entrance must be thin-- / So--when my Final Moment comes-- / He cannot wriggle in. / That's why I don't go out that much-- / I can't fit through that Portal. / How dumb--to waste my Social Life / On Plans to be--immortal-- ' Mr. Heaney is a brilliant wordsmith and a _really_ funny one at that. The Holy Tango is perfect present for anyone who has ever had to read a sonnet. It's true that I worked with him at Modern Humorist, but he has added tons of new work, and so far I've bought six copies and given five of them to grateful friends and family members.