Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Kurt Cyrus - The Big Snore

The Big Snore
Kurt Cyrus

Mama's wrecking furniture inside her throat tonight.
She drags a table to the left, then scrapes it to the right,
rips it with a chainsaw till it's just a pile of chips,
grinds it down to sawdust, and--

poofs it out her lips.

© 2010 Kurt Cyrus. All rights reserved.

I had known of Kurt Cyrus as an illustrator, (M.T. Anderson's Whales on Stilts, for example) but somehow didn't know about his verse until Kenn Nesbitt pointed me his way. OH MY! Leave this post right now and get a copy of his Tadpole Rex. I'll wait. Good. Now, read it. Fabulousness! Now go find Hotel Deep. I'll wait. More fabulousness! Now go find... well, you get the idea. If you want to learn more about what makes Kurt Cyrus tick and rhyme, let me send you off once more to his Poetry Makers profile over at The Miss Rumphius Effect.

I love the quirkiness and the rhythm in his poems, plus, and this is a big plus, his verse makes me laugh and constantly surprises me. His books are also a wonderful marriage of text and art (two pieces of which are used here by his permission). The art, which is remarkable simply by itself, often has hidden jokes and images that join with the words for an even bigger overall impact. Still, I'll take his words with or without art... just one reason I'm exceedingly happy to have Kurt Cyrus here as part of 30 Poets/30 Days.

Yesterday brought us The Ouija from Kathi Appelt. Tomorrow... These rules are here for your protection by Arthur A. Levine! For more on 30 Poets/30 Days and ways to follow along, please click here.


Tricia said...

Snorting diet coke this early in the morning can't be good! This one is awesome. (My only regret is that it wasn't written for a dad!)

laurasalas said...

I love Kurt Cyrus' poetry! Hotel Deep is one of my favorite poetry books ever--I just shared a bit from it the other day, in fact: http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/210401.html

That spread you're showing (so wonderful to see inside art) with the octopus goes with one of my favorite poems in the whole book.

Thanks for sharing this funny poem--I tend to like his scary/beautiful/melancholy poems best, but it's a hoot to see his funny side, too.

Kate Coombs said...

I've never heard snoring described in quite such excruciatingly funny and accurate detail--with an extended metaphor, no less! Thanks, Kurt (and Greg!).

Anonymous said...

Yes, I too snorted my morning beverage! The best part is, my husband and I just had a discussion about the sawing logs going on in our home! The timing was perfect! I love Kurt Cyrus! Thanks or introducing me to this wonderful writer!
Queen of Loud Noises!

Donna Marie Merritt said...

A great read-aloud poem!

Jane Heitman Healy said...

LOL and ROTFL!! Thank you!

Lisa Gail Green said...

LOVE this kind of poetry!! Keep 'em comin' Greg!

Anonymous said...

What a perfectly poetic description of a snore! Thanks for this post, and for introducing me to Kurt's work. Can't wait to check out his books.

K-Sue said...

His art looks beautiful. I am going to check out Hotel Deep.

tanita✿davis said...

WOW - man, some talented people!! Illustrating and poeticizing and cracking me up!