“…Observe a land of stated permanence.”

Over the cliffs you go!


  1. Jonathan Webb says

    I don’t get it, but it’s lovely. Thanks JOB.

    • Thus, as I’ve been saying, the cycle is an aesthetic failure. But there’s a challenge to it – kind of like when someone says, “Only five words!” and you come up with, well what do you know, ONLY FIVE WORDS.

      Heh heh.


  2. Cubeland Mystic says


    Let me give you a hint. Potter’s clever. Some would say “crafty”. Let’s borrow a page from his play book. Print out a copy of your poem. Fold it nicely. Get an envelop and address it to Writer’s Almanac. Before putting the poem in, slip a ten dollar bill into the folds, then seal it and mail it in.

    I think you’ll get results.

    • How much would it cost me if I wanted Jon Stewart to read it live on his show, do you think?


    • Jonathan Potter says

      My entree into Keillor’s consciousness was that I violated his person one time while he wandered the audience with a wireless mic. Thus when I sent him HoW, I enclosed a note reminding him of that and apologizing, which perhaps caused him to pause a moment over the book.

  3. Jonathan Potter says

    I don’t completely get it, either, but I get enough of the JOBish wordplay and music to enjoy it. “Yews choose to eulogize” rolls so lozenge-like upon the tongue ….

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