Eagle Harbor Book Company will bring National Poetry Month to a rousing conclusion Thursday with a celebration of the store’s annual limerick contest, what they’re billing as an evening of “recitation, revelry and ribaldry.” The contest is now in its fourth year and has been a huge success—by poetry contest standards. The store has even published an anthology of submitted limericks from the first three years: From Bad to Verse.
You could write about book titles: “She told him, ‘My dear let us meet / On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet… ’”
•You could employ characters: “Why must Fluffy whimper and snarl, /Why can’t she be like Good Dog, Carl?”
•You could riff on themes:“I know sure as sure that I’ll buy it / And try the new miracle diet…”
“Last year our Congressman Jay Inslee won (submissions were blind),” says bookseller Mary Gleysteen. “This year he came in third. We thought we would lobby him and the rest of the audience with this verse composed by Ann Combs of our staff.”