Culture Digest: Celebrity Quotes as Poems

Break a funny celebrity quote in the right places, and you'll discover deep and meaningful poetry.

by Alison Caporimo from Reader's Digest Magazine | May 2012
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We all know celebrities say 
the darnedest 
things, which is 
why Kathryn and Ross 
Petras—authors of 
The Anthology of Really 
Important Modern Poetry (Workman Publishing, $11.95)—cast pop culture's craziest quotes into poetic form. We picked the funniest renditions.

Kanye West: "Past Life Regression"

I won’t go into a big spiel
                about reincarnation,
But the first time I was in the Gucci store
                      in Chicago
Was the closest I’ve ever felt
                   to
                          home.



Larry King: “Poetic Conundrum”

I’ve never thought too much about time
because
I’ve always been too busy
looking
at
my watch.

Sting: “Authentically Inauthentic … Perhaps”

Nothing is authentic,
and yet everything is authentic.
So I think my work comes into that category.
But just the struggle to tell a story
in an authentic fashion
is already authentic …
and yet it’s not.

Snooki: “How We Demeanor”

As well as descending down.
That’s how we am when we party,
Though the little of the things we do is,
        like, “Really, Nicole?”

We demeanor similar to the freakin’ alcoholic.
I’m like, “You’re sweating, your makeup
    is running,
                                                                                                            We demeanor gross.”
                                                                                                            We usually demeanor similar to
                                                                                                                [redacted].

Source: The Anthology of Really 
Important Modern Poetry (Workman Publishing, $11.95)

Buy the book here.

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