We're not looking for funny poems; we're looking for seriously funny poems, ones that evoke poetry's timeless concerns but include a comic element as well. We have nothing against Dorothy Parker and Ogden Nash, but our interest lies only in poems of literary merit that also bring at least a smile and sometimes a belly laugh.Hambly and Kirby edited the book with quite a bit of humor as is evidenced in the chapter titles such as "Let Us Be Friends a While and Understand Our Differences: Fiends and Neighbors," or "From My Bowels to Your Inbox: Poetry Goes to Work."
Here's a poem by Stephen Dobyns called "Spiritual Chickens":
A man eats a chicken every day for lunch,I'm certain there's something for everyone in Seriously Funny, except for, perhaps, the completely humorless individual. (And don't we all know at least one of those?)
and each day the ghost of another chicken
joins the crowd in the dining room. If he could
only see them! Hundreds and hundreds of spiritual
chickens, sitting on chairs, table, covering
the floor, jammed shoulder to shoulder. At last
there is no more space and one of the chickens
is popped back across the spiritual plain to the earthly.
Read the rest at The Times Online and you'll also find a rather unnecessary commentary accompanying the poem!
Now to relieve you of those visions of ghostly chickens in your head, why don't you head over to the Poetry Friday Round-Up being hosted by Laura Salas.